Dutch Railways (NS) has chosen VSTEP’s virtual incident training simulator RescueSim to train its employees in tunnel evacuation procedures and railway incident management.
NS has already begun training its 6,000 train drivers and conductors at five major locations in the Netherlands and expects to complete the programme by the end of 2012.
RescueSim simulators are being used at centres in Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Schiedam and Zwolle.
Following a fire in the Schiphol railway tunnel in 2009, the Dutch government advised that all railway employees should be trained in tunnel evacuation procedures and communication.
VSTEP’s RescueSim simulator features a virtual tunnel environment and different tunnel incident scenarios to provide realistic training for railway employees.
The simulator’s Communications Trainer provides a simulation of all means of communication that train drivers and railway guards would have at their disposal, including all the options and limitations of dispatch radio, train intercom and mobile phone.
VSTEP said RescueSim and the RescueSim Communications Trainer enables realistic virtual training and full communications interaction between the train driver, railway guard and train passengers, simulating actual train tunnel incidents in virtual 3D.
Image: VSTEP has created a virtual tunnel environment and different tunnel incident scenarios in the RescueSim simulator to offer training for NS employees. Photo: courtesy of VSTEP.