Dutch Railways use RescueSim for training
VSTEP’s virtual incident training simulator - RescueSim - is currently used by the Dutch Railways (NS) to train its personnel in tunnel evacuation procedures and railway incident management, the goal is to train all 6000 train drivers and conductors of the Dutch Railways during a one year period.
Contractors may look to simulation software to prepare evacuation and emergency management plans during the construction phase of tunnels
The demand by the Dutch Railways for a realistic virtual training system came following the incident and fire in the Schiphol railway tunnel on July 2nd 2009. Following this incident, the Dutch Minister of Traffic and Waterways advised that all Railways personnel should be trained in tunnel evacuation procedures and communication. Following this advice, Dutch State Railways evaluated all available virtual training and communications systems for this purpose and finally selected RescueSim and the RescueSim Communications Trainer for training of all its personnel.
To guarantee realistic training, a virtual tunnel environment and different tunnel incident scenarios were created in the RescueSim simulator. Railways personnel are fully immersed into the virtual training and need to respond to the created incident following the correct communication and evacuation procedures.
Good and clear communication and communication procedures are indispensible when training the evacuation of a crowded train. RescueSim and the RescueSim Communications Trainer allow realistic virtual training and full communications interaction between train driver, railway guard and train passengers, simulating actual train tunnel incidents in virtual 3D.