The future of learning, training, investigating, visualizing and understanding things such as floods, fires, disasters, and crimes is now seen in recreating the scenarios to learn from it. VR is becoming a popular tool that can replicate a scene in a virtual space and allow the user to explore it from different angles in detail.
There’s a new virtual reality software solution that aims to provide the training to fire and rescue services through photo-realistic training environments. Photorealism in VR immerses the users more than a conventional CGI can manage. RiVR uses this concept by going beyond the conventional CG environments and creates all the virtual objects and environments organically. With mobile rigs, objects as big as buildings and as small as a match box can be scanned. It also includes hi-res head scanning with just 8 cameras at a comparatively low price – a fraction of the cost of conventional hundred camera rigs.
With this program, RiVR saves nearly £8,000 by providing a reset button. Everything in the program is interactive and can be examined. The software lets users record all training sessions to analyze later.
“When fire services stage a real-life scenario like a fire in a container, it costs around £8,000 every time they do it. They need to provide staff, pay for fuel and put a fire truck on standby. The software we’ve produced saves each fire brigade that amount every time they press the reset button.”
Alex Harvey, RiVR CEO
The best thing about creating virtual scenes is that you can train in the same program consistently and repetitively. Photorealistic virtual reality makes it fully immersive and detects smoke patterns. Broadly considering, virtual training is better for the environment than real world training since VR won’t require burning so many containers.