BMT Defence Services, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has been selected to provide an innovative 3D walkthrough training system for the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers, supporting the BAE Systems’ Industrial Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP) Training Programme.
The team at BMT will utilise its next generation training solution, Engage, to develop a 3D walkthrough training system that supports the teams working closely with the QEC Aircraft Carriers in Portsmouth. This training solution will help to ensure that those personnel supporting the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers can navigate the platforms safely while carrying out their day-to-day duties.
Simon Luck, Head of Information Systems and Information Assurance, said: “We’ve been working on serious gaming and immersive virtual reality technologies for a number of years and as one of the original designers of the QEC, this is a great opportunity to further support our industry partners in the development of a safe, efficient and effective training solution for these iconic ships.”
BMT’s Engage platform will form the basis of a 3D environment and allow ships staff, visitors and the BAE Systems employees to move freely around the different compartments of the QEC platforms. This will ensure that they are familiar with the ship’s layout, escape and evacuation routes and are able to identify key pieces of safety equipment. This will form a fundamental part of their training for this new class of ship.
John Newell, Head of Queen Elizabeth Class Support underlines the additional benefits: “This innovative 3D solution will also have wider utility as these two ships come into service as a key part of the ongoing induction process for new joiners, a useful tool that, when operational, can be forwarded in advance to embarking forces both from the UK and other nations and become a necessary precursor to any international industrial workforce working on these ships worldwide.”
Simon Luck concludes: “Simulation and synthetic environments are a cost-effective way of providing this type of training. We’re looking forward to working with BAE Systems on this exciting programme where our expertise in software development, visualisation capability, human factors and ship design will come together to provide a truly unique offering.”