The Nuclear AMRC visualisation team develops virtual environments to support our work in product design, planning, assembly and training.

Virtual reality (VR) involves three-dimensional interactive environments which simulate real or imagined worlds or systems. We develop VR models to support projects including:

  • Product design and review.
  • Evaluation and training for assembly, repair and maintenance.
  • Virtual prove-out.
  • Building design.
  • Factory layout planning.

We can produce interactive VR models from standard CAD data, and integrate many different kinds of CAD file – from individual components to plant architecture – to create a detailed immersive environment. We can also integrate data from discrete event simulation and finite element analysis software to create four-dimensional environments which change over time.

For more information, contact Dr Rab Scott, Nuclear AMRC head of VR.

Current visualisation and VR facilities at the Nuclear AMRC include:

Virtalis ActiveCube

VR cube

  • Cave-like environment with 3D images on three walls and floor.
  • Fully immersive system is ideal for applications such as training and assembly design.
  • The 3.2 metre cube can be used by up to five people at the same time, or linked to the ActiveWall and off-site facilities.

Virtalis ActiveWall

  • 4.5 metre wide single-screen system with 3D back projection.
  • Can be viewed by up to 25 people.
  • Can be linked to the ActiveCube or off-site VR facilities for collaborative working.

Wearable technology

  • Hands-free technology for virtual reality and augmented reality.
  • Current equipment includes Google Glass, Oculus Rift and Epson Moverio.
  • Applications in training, guided assembly, repair and maintenance.