Virtual Training is a virtual reality platform for training electricians on operating electrical substation equipment, as well as performing emergency and maintenance maneuvers on those substations. With it, electricians can be safely trained away from the hazards of a real substation and without risk of causing power outages to nearby regions.
In this context, virtual reality was used as a tool to help immerse the electricians and enhance their learning experience. To create our interactive environment, we used the Oculus Rift DK2 coupled with the Razer Hydra motion controller. The simulation was built using Unreal Engine 4, which integrated easily with the Oculus Rift and provided us with a powerful set of tools. Among those, the Blueprints Visual Scripting system was particularly helpful, since it could be used by our electrical engineer to model and program the behavior of each equipment.
This project allowed me to get experience with the Unreal Engine, interact with the art team responsible for the 3D models and gain a better understanding of the asset pipeline involved. The use of virtual reality brought with it several challenges that had to be overcome, such as creating user interface that work in VR and optimizing the application to attain a confortable framerate. The project has been well received among electricians and will be incorporated into the official education program of a large brazilian electric power company.