Among all the processes, GE Hitachi was seeking an innovative way to train and requalify operators in fuel movement operations. A complex process and highly skilled activity that requires top level expertise and training, as well as outstanding coordination between the different parties involved during the fuel movement process.

Deployed in Virtualware’s award-winning VR enterprise solution VIROO Immersive Room, the fuel movement simulator allows multiple users to collaborate in a refuel floor simulated nuclear environment. By means of a physical replica of the refuelling mast connected directly to the virtual environment, users are able to carry out fuel movement operations as if they were doing so in reality.

The fuel movement simulator is part of a new generation of simulators that GE Hitachi in alliance with Virtualware will release for operation during the coming years, not only for the BWR technology but PWR and D&D as well.

This initiative will improve the capabilities of professionals through intensive training and contribute to the reduction of both costs and risks. In addition, these systems will help Nuclear customers to have just-in-time bespoke training solutions on site that will contribute to the reduction of operational costs associated with training and quality issues.