Sunday, November 26, 2023

ForgeFX Simulations Unmanned Aerial System TeleOperation Training Simulator at I/ITSEC 2023

The Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) starts on Monday, and we couldn't be more excited to be exhibiting at booth #3464. In addition to many of our other products, we'll be demonstrating the unmanned aerial system teleoperation training simulator we developed for the JPEO for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, in partnership with Teledyne FLIR and MRIGlobal.

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Global XR Conference 2023

If you're attending the Global XR Conference this year, please plan on attending the session that ForgeFX CEO, Greg Meyers, will be presenting, titled, Affordably Developing Custom VR Training Simulators. This session will discuss a number of strategies for developing VR training simulators affordably as well as provide a number of case studies of organizations the speaker has worked with to successfully develop VR training simulators.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Training Simulator Delivered to JPEO-CBRND by ForgeFX Simulations and MRIGlobal

UAS simulator gives JPEO-CBRND the ability to deploy simulation-based training to operators to master the controls and process involved in operating a UAV.
ForgeFX Simulations Delivers UAS Training Simulator to JPEO-CBRND
This interactive 3D virtual training simulator is designed to instruct CBRND personnel in the remote operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from within a Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV). Working directly with subject matter experts (SMEs) from the DoD and Teledyne FLIR, ForgeFX created digital replicas of their physical and virtual products, reproducing all the functions the physical objects perform. This simulator, running on a standard tablet computer, gives the JPEO-CBRND the ability to widely deploy simulation-based training to operators, who can master the complex controls and processes involved in operating a UAV and all of the onboard sensors it carries. 

 The simulator recreates a CBRND reconnaissance mission featuring an NBCRV equipped with a sensor suite array and two pods, each containing a UAS. The UAS in the simulator is an R80D Skyraider drone carrying a MUVETM B330 Continuous Biological Detector and Collector payload, both manufactured by Teledyne FLIR. The Skyraider is launched from the NBCRV and directed into an area suspected to be contaminated by airborne substances. Operated by means of the ATAK application running on a tablet computer inside the NBCRV, the drone’s sensor payload helps the CBRND personnel triangulate on the position, speed, and contents of airborne contamination. 

Thursday, September 07, 2023

For Those Using Metaverse Technologies, the Impact Is Real

We are thrilled to have some of our latest VR training simulator work featured by Meta!

Demonstrating how new immersive technologies are already having an impact today, the VR welding training simulator that ForgeFX developed for StrataTech Education Group and the Tulsa Welding is expanding access for students and preparing them for the future. The positive impact of immersive technologies is already apparent, and as metaverse technologies continue to progress, we expect even more opportunities will emerge to maximize the benefits of these innovations.

Tulsa Welding School’s virtual reality training simulator, powered by ForgeFX Simulations, is expanding access for students and preparing them for the future. Learn more about how the metaverse is having impact today:

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Virtual Reality Training to Support an Unmanned Ground Vehicle

In partnership with ForgeFX, MRIGlobal created a fully functional, cutting-edge, virtual simulator for training on the remote operation of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). These efforts enabled operators to become familiar with the UGV hardware and software, while also tele-operating the unmanned reconnaissance vehicle, in a simulated environment. As a result, the simulator allows effective and efficient end-user training on unique systems and limited material resources regardless of location of the trainee or asset.
Although traditional learning methods such as lectures, reading material, videos, and demonstrations are a tried-and-true means of providing technical information to learners, simulator-based instruction can accelerate and enhance comprehension of equipment functionality and operational procedures in many ways. Simulated equipment and environments give trainees “hands-on” experience before they ever touch real-world machines. Virtual Simulators also provide: 
  • Reinforced Education – Onscreen instructions prompt the user through the tutorials. This combination of reading the directions and immediately acting upon them in the simulator increases familiarity with the equipment and begins development of muscle memory that aids in response time and accuracy. 
  • Consistency – Structured tutorials ensure all operators receive the same education and use the same approved techniques in order to maximize safety and efficiency. Trainees may work at their own pace to comprehend the material. 
  • Verisimilitude – Virtual 3D visualized equipment replicates the real world with a high degree of accuracy. Audio cues such as engine noise, switch clicks, and alarms replicate the authentic experience of hands-on operation. 
  • Gamification – The application of game-design elements and principles in non-game contexts is called gamification. Using gamification in training simulators improves user engagement and focus, training efficiency, and ease of use. This directly translates into a well-trained group of operators, meeting the goal of the project.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations Partner to Advance CBRN Special Operations Simulator

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) has selected MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations to bring the latest advances in simulation-based training programs to its Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) technology and deployment strategies. As the military continues to modernize and upgrade its hardware and software capabilities, its training must keep pace to ensure warfighters remain at the top of their game. The newest installment to these programs will update the JPEO-CBRND’s Tele Operations Simulator for the modern UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) used by the military today. First produced in 2020, the Tele-Op Simulator is among a series of simulation-based training and visualization products that MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations have collaborated on for the US Government. The original simulator includes a virtual Polaris MRZR equipped as an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Mounted with previous prototype Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) detection equipment and activated with onboard controls, the UGV is piloted via a customized version of the ATAK (Android Team Awareness Kit) application. Using a module that recreates the ATAK interface, the simulator allows trainees to activate and remotely drive the virtual UGV across several square kilometers of virtual terrain, exactly as they would in the field. Read the full press release here: MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations Partner to Advance CBRN Special Operations Simulator