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12 August 2019

SETRAG in Gabon Receives VR Training Simulators

Transurb Simulation’s training solution has been selected by SETRAG, the operating company of the Trans-Gabon Railway and subsidiary of COMILOG.

In parallel, the inauguration of the Tamar and Lilian Training Center with the Gabonese Ministry of Transport took place.

Since then, the driving trainees of SETRAG and their instructors are benefiting from brand-new compact simulators and nano simulators. The first of their kind, the simulators have virtual reality (VR) integrated to address faults and defects in diagnostic and resolution. The VR will train students in an immersive environment, even when their actions belong outside of the (simulator) cab.

The simulation solution will introduce trainees to normal and degraded mode conditions in a safe and stress-free environment. This new investment of SETRAG demonstrates its commitment to the well-being, education and safety of its employees and to the improvement of the Gabonese railway transport in general.

As part of the new SETRAG training strategy, the two new compact simulators will familiarise trainees to the operation of the EMD SD40 and EMD GT46AC locomotives. Furthermore, the nano simulators will allow SETRAG teams the opportunity to be mobile and provide ‘on-site’ training.

In the compact simulators, the VR add-on will enable troubleshooting and out-of-cab procedures. The operations director at SETRAG, Claude Kontcho, explains: “The VR solution is a real added value to our simulation equipment.

“The immersive environment enabled by this technology allows creating the right context and various situations for the learner.

“We are very happy with the 3D rendering and are convinced that our learners will benefit from it by practising out-of-cab procedures as they would in the real world.”

This project has been highly motivating for Transurb as it encompasses the delivery of pioneering technology to the African rail market. Moreover, the realistic freight trains and the 50km of realistic tracks will offer the possibility to SETRAG to learn with the utmost immersive tools.

For more information regarding our simulators and our expertise in freight train simulators, please fill in the enquiry form on this page.

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