ForgeFX is honored to continue a working partnership with MRIGlobal, experts in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance software development. Having first completed the Unmanned Ground Vehicle Tele-Op Simulator, the partnership turns to development of a suite of augmented reality device training simulators for the Joint Project Lead for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Special Operations Forces (JPL CBRN SOF). Created for the Microsoft HoloLens 2, the CBRND HoloTrainer instructs trainees in the familiarization, operation, and maintenance of CBRN devices by providing holographically-projected interactive 3D virtual versions of the equipment they need to learn to use.
Multi-Faceted Training for Multiple Devices
The CBRND HoloTrainer includes comprehensive training for several CBRN detection devices which locate and analyze chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards.
For each device training module, the application supplies two virtual models. One model is used as a reference for demonstration purposes—virtually displaying the correct actions and steps that need to be performed. The second model allows the user to interact and practice these actions.
Additionally, if a trainee has access to a real-world device, they can conduct these actions on the physical device while learning from the virtual reference model. This allows the simulator to provide training to trainees whether or not they have access to a physical device.
While working with the interactive virtual models, the trainee is guided by textual information, audio narration, animation, and sound effects. By providing these multiple levels of instruction to the user, we ensure that the necessary information is being conveyed in a format that works with their style of learning.
In addition to single-user mode, the augmented reality training simulators supports a networked multiuser mode, allowing several people to connect to the simulation session regardless of their physical location. Even though users may be on opposite ends of the planet, they can work together collectively on the same virtual device as if they were standing in the same room. This support for multiuser helps overcome the challenges and costs of conducting training in the real-world associated with travel. Furthermore, users can use the simulator to quickly connect with subject matter experts while in the field to ensure they are using the device correctly—an invaluable advantage when conducting mission-critical exercises.
Because there is so little room for error when working with hazardous materials, the training simulator must provide the highest level of training available. By deploying the application on the Microsoft HoloLens 2, users can virtually get their hands on digital twins of the devices they’ll be required to operate during mission-critical activities. Taking simulation-based training into the third dimension and presenting it as holographically-projected interactive virtual content allows users to interact with the subject material in a way never before possible, increasing their participation and involvement to deliver highly impactful training while reducing the risks associated with working with hazardous substances.
One of the first sensors to be chosen for simulation, 908 Devices’ MX908, is a handheld mass spectrometer with a high degree of sensitivity. The CBRND HoloTrainer familiarization lessons instruct the user on taking samples of chemical, explosive, drug, and hazmat contaminants; and in how to read the spectrometer analysis of the substances. One of the key benefits of virtual training is the much-reduced risk of physical harm to the trainees; another is reduction in cost of consumable or disposable items such as swabs, caps, and pens.
Augmented Reality Device Training Simulators
The CBRND HoloTrainer initially includes more than a dozen devices for users to train on, with more slated to be added in the near future. The application is one part of an umbrella initiative created by the JPL CBRN SOF. Designated EWAT (Enhanced Warfare Augmented Training), the initiative puts comprehensive, hands-on device training in the reach of personnel who may not otherwise have access to the physical equipment, accelerating device familiarization, operation, and maintenance training for warfighters anywhere, at any time.
As a component of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program, the JPEO-CBRND protects the entire Joint Force – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and First Responders – through the advanced development of CBRN defense capabilities that enable our Warfighters to fight and win in a CBRN-contested environment. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)’s core focus areas contribute to building a more lethal force, a priority in the National Defense Strategy, and streamline JPEO-CBRND efforts to meet the Joint Service’s needs in combating chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. For more information, visit jpeocbrnd.osd.mil
MRIGlobal addresses some of the world’s greatest threats and challenges. Founded in 1944 as an independent, non-profit organization, we perform contract research for government, industry, and academia. Our customized solutions in national security and defense and health include research and development capabilities in clinical research support, infectious disease and biological threat agent detection, global biological engagement, in vitro diagnostics, and laboratory management and operations. MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit mriglobal.org
ForgeFX is a training simulation software development company. Founded in 2002, ForgeFX develops high-quality custom interactive 3D simulation and visualization software products for clients across a wide array of industries. Leveraging high-fidelity 3D graphics and game engine development tools, ForgeFX provides virtual and augmented reality application development services for clients who are looking to distribute interactive simulation-based training solutions. Our training products—employed by industries including national defense, healthcare, pharmaceutical, insurance, mining, construction, and transportation—produce measurable improvements in trainee engagement and knowledge retention. For more information, visit forgefx.com
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