Feb 07

Interactive, Immersive & VR Technology for Chemical Engineering Students.

Posted by Marketing on Wednesday 7th February 2018

Queen Mary University of London opened its new Chemical Engineering Department in September 2017 which included a new Chemical Engineering BEng and MEng degree programme. The new department also included a desktop Three Phase Separator system supplied by TSC Simulation.

The TPS 200 unit delivers a wide range of basic and advanced technologies, fully integrated with dynamic system control software. The DCS System allows the students to operate all aspects of the separator including oil, water and air ratios plus the pressure, level and flow control loops. A DCS based ESD with cause and effects charts allows start-up and shut-down procedures to be run, making for a more interactive learning tool for the students.

More recently Colleges and universities have been moving towards immersive and interactive virtual reality training tools for their process engineering students as a way to enhance the study programmes. Recent studies show that 93% of lecturers say that their students would be excited to use VR and 83% say that VR might help improve learning outcomes*. It also states that increased engagement levels help to increase retention for the subject matter.

Examples include Loughborough University who have a fully immersive 3D Igloo training environment, complete with TSC’s dynamic simulation models for their undergraduate students, enabling them to familiarise themselves with real life plant for operator training and emergency control room training.

Similarly, Hull university recently installed a TSC 3D virtual Control Room which combines the use of high fidelity dynamic simulation models to a realistic 3D environment.

These methods help the universities and Colleges bridge the gap between theory and real-life training in process control.

The advantages of colleges and universities adopting these learning technologies not only sets them aside from their competition but also allows students to adopt different career paths as it reinforces industry training. It makes training safer by allowing visualisation of actual process in a risk- free environment, which in turn reduces costs and improves safety. It also improves team interaction as shared VR enhances collaboration and increases engagement.

For more information on Shared VR and immersive training simulation for the process industry please contact Lyndsey Done at TSC Simulation.

*businesswire.com study. Forbes