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Case Studies

Below we present a selection of case studies from the wide variety of projects that we have done over the past decade. The vast majority are based on the PIVOTE authoring system that underlies both Trainingscapes and Fieldscapes, and all show you just some of the potential applications of this technology to improve the training of your staff, employees, students, customers and users. Also check out our Gallery for a wider variety of images and projects.

Virtual Avebury

National Trust and Bournemouth University

In an AHRC funded project Bournemouth University and the National Trust are using Trainingscapes to explore the use of VR in heritage communication and outreach. Visitors to the museum at Avebury are able to walk through the site as it was 2-3000 years ago, and it is giving the heritage professionals themselves a new appreciation of how the site may have functioned. As a multi-user system they can even go in as a group to examine and discuss the site.

Nursing and Midwifery Training

Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University have started to develop a number of exercises on Trainingscapes to help train their midwifery and nursing students. Update: We've now completed a further project for them on Diabetes management for nurses, and are just  about to embark on a third project.

Hurricane Shelter Management

City of New York

Training staff in NYC's Office of Emergency Management on how to set-up, operate, and tear-down a hurricane shelter in a public school building. The 2-3hr simulation was in use a year before Superstorm Sandy, and used after that storm to help generate lessons learned.

Simulation for Medical Training

University Hospital Birmingham, and St George's London

Extracts from 4 projects including a Bereavement Care project for University Hospital Birmingham, and a Paramedic Assessment project for St George's Hospital, London. Note that whilst both these projects used the PIVOTE engine they were delivered using older virtual worlds/visualisation technology.

Virtual Route Learning

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

An ongoing project where BCHC are using an immersive environment to help those who have lost the ability to do basic day to day navigation tasks as a result of brain damage from accidents or strokes to recover that ability. The editor allows the staff to lay out different combinations of distal and proximal waymarks (e.g. a church spire or a street sign) and lay out different routes for the patient to follow. 

Emergency Radio Management

US Federal Emergency Management Agency

A PC based 3D immersive training application to train radio system managers at the US Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate police, fire, medics and national guard in response to major disasters. Video available on request.

Virtual Field-Trips

The Open University

Since the OU is all about distance-learning they were looking for a better solution for geology students who couldn't go on field-trips rather than just giving them a bunch of photos, maps and samples. So we worked with them to digitise 100 sq km of the Lake District around Skiddaw, and produce details models of the 6 specific sites that are used on the field trip. We even scanned in individual samples from each site. The students could then go on multi-user field trips, complete with their tutor, from the comfort of their on home! As well as the walkthrough video below there is also an OU video reviewing the project.

Virtual Library of Birmingham

Birmingham City Council

Two years before the new Library of Birmingham opened we delivered a digital copy to Birmingham's Library Services so they could explore it, try different layout, share with the community, and work with sub-contractors to ensure that when the Library opened there were no surprises and all worked smoothly.

Daden's Adventures in Second Life

Various clients

View our on-line book showing examples of over 20 different projects we did in the Second Life virtual world for a variety of clients covering training, education, virtual campus, research and marketing projects.

Laboratory Techniques

Universities of Hong Kong and Leicester

Virtual Laboratories give students the chance to practice laboratory equipment procedure before conducting the same tasks in the physical world. We have completed Virtual Lab projects for both the University of Leicester and the University of Hong Kong. The video below shows the Leicester lab, part of their Swift project.

Customer Service Skills Trainer

University for Industry

Allowed students to work through a set of asynchronous training scenarios dealing with a variety of customer and admin issues, and then moved into a synchronous role-playing exercise using avatars to help suspend disbelief.

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