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HYDAC VR Training (HVRT)

posted on 2020-10-04, 00:00 authored by Stefan GreuterStefan Greuter, Hoang Thuong, Taylor Simeon
HYDAC VR Training (HVRT)



Premiers Design Award (2020 : Melbourne, Victoria)




National Gallery of Victoria

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Premiers Design Finalist Award

Research statement

Background: This collaborative research project in the field of Digital Media (1902) with industry partner HYDAC is a real-time rendered creative work which investigated aspects of user experience design of a virtual training simulation to provide HYDAC students with a previously unavailable opportunity to participate in instructor guided, and self-guided, hydraulics maintenance training in virtual reality over distance on a virtual model of a HYDAC Wheel Lock Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU). HVRT users can work from home or off-site (especially during the current pandemic). HVRT supports real-time instructor feedback, self-guided training and skill verification, through direct hands-on interaction with a fully functional model of a hydraulic mining transport system used in Australia. Research Contribution: Hydraulics training requires expensive and heavy equipment. Access to training opportunities on large and complex machines such as the HYDAC Wheel Lock HPU is therefore limited to specific locations and specific times. The design research addressed issues of interaction design related to natural voice communication, use of natural hand gestures, and assembling and disassembling complex machinery with tools and hand movements that mimic real processes, whilst being guided by instructors and task panels. Research Significance: HYDAC Wheel Lock HPU is the most complex hydraulics device engineered and constructed by HYDAC Australia incorporating several of HYDAC’s systems. The training utilises mobile VR hardware and provides affordable access to a cutting edge training environment. The solution sets a new benchmark for advanced hydraulics training in the advanced manufacturing industry in Australia and received a Premiers Finalist Design Award in 2020. HYDAC HVRT extracts the environmental emissions resulting from HYDAC’s training activities by digitising the equipment that otherwise required the transportation of several tonnes of equipment to training centres.

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JR4 Recorded/Rendered Creative Works – Digital creative work


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Virtual Reality

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