Monday, December 12, 2022

CBRND HoloTrainer at 2022 Chemical and Biological Defense Science &Technology (CBD S&T) Conference

The CBRND HoloTrainer is an augmented reality device training simulator built for the Microsoft HoloLens 2 by ForgeFX Simulations and MRIGlobal. The CBRND HoloTrainer instructs trainees in the familiarization, operation, and maintenance of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection devices by providing holographically-projected interactive 3D virtual versions of the devices for trainees to train on.
Peter Anderson, Principal Engineer at MRIGlobal, demonstrates the CBRND HoloTrainer, a suite of augmented reality device training simulators developed by MRIGlobal and ForgeFX Simulations, at the 2022 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in San Francisco, California.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

ForgeFX Simulations and MRIGlobal Deliver Augmented Reality Mission Planner

ForgeFX Simulations is honored to be a long-standing training simulator development partner of renowned Midwest research institute MRIGlobal. ForgeFX collaborated with MRIGlobal to develop Checkpoint, an augmented reality tabletop mission planning prototype application built for the Microsoft HoloLens 2. This application was recently recognized by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) with a 2021 SPARK award for Multidimensional Understanding. SPARK awards are granted to identify novel approaches for delivering the best solutions for countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) and CBRND capabilities to the warfighter in the shortest amount of time.
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense provides funding for transformative projects via the SPARK initiative, JPEO-CBRND's idea incubator. The SPARK Innovation Initiative provides "venture capital" for emerging JPEO program areas before they become free-standing funded programs. A development team composed of ForgeFX and MRIGlobal members submitted a proposal for an augmented reality mission planner prototype which was awarded development funding via SPARK. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

OcuWeld Available on App Lab

We're excited to announce that OcuWeld, the welding training simulator that ForgeFX Simulations built for StrataTech Education Group, is now available for the Quest on Meta's App Lab!

OcuWeld Provides Training in VR on:
• 19 different modules covering TIG, MIG, Stick, Flex-Core and more
• A specific welding process (e.g. The tools and method used)
• A particular weld position (e.g. A 45-degree pipe weld)
• And corresponding type of material (e.g. Stainless steel)

Thursday, January 27, 2022

First of Its Kind Virtual Reality Training Aims to Help Growing Demand in Skilled Trade Jobs Amid New Infrastructure Bill

ForgeFX Simulations is proud to be a training simulator development partner of StrataTech Education Group, a company that focuses on the acquisition, growth and development of specialized career education schools, particularly skilled-trade programs designed to address the nation’s growing infrastructure needs. ForgeFX worked with StrataTech and their subsidiary, the Tulsa Welding School, to develop OcuWeld™, a virtual reality welding training simulator program that teaches students how to prep, grind and join materials in a virtual environment that removes the safety and cost concerns.

ForgeFX Simulations - Welding Training Simulator

OcuWeld Welding Training Simulator

Welcome to the digital transformation of education! The OcuWeld™ welding training simulator utilizes virtual reality to enhance welding training programs using the Meta Quest VR device. Designed by welders for welders, and developed by seasoned ForgeFX Simulations developers, OcuWeld provides welding students with the opportunity to practice their hands-on training in a virtual environment where concerns about safety, access and cost are no longer relevant. OcuWeld immerses students in a virtual environment that mimics real life training experiences and provides the opportunity to practice skills independently.

StrataTech has integrated OcuWeld into the curricula of their subsidiaries, Tulsa Welding School and The Refrigeration School, to ensure that students have future-proof skills that employers are seeking. The program launches at a time when demand for skilled trade workers is at an all-time high in part due to the recently passed Infrastructure Bill. The bill, combined with President Biden’s Build Back Framework, will add an average of 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years, according to The White House.

OcuWeld - Virtual Reality Welding Training Simulator

First of Its Kind Virtual Reality Training Aims to Help Growing Demand in Skilled Trade Jobs Amid New Infrastructure Bill

The growing pace of digitization is shifting the paradigm of education to lifelong learning that requires a continual evolution of technical skills and training. Alex DeClair and Chris Schuler, directors of the welding programs at The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) and Tulsa Welding School (TWS), say today’s students have different needs, and infusing technology into programs is now imperative in the modern education space. Similarly, Chase Lane, VP of Transformation for StrataTech, understands the need for digital transformation in education and its role in addressing the nation’s critical infrastructure needs.

“It’s time that higher education meets the needs of its students rather than vice versa,” said Lane. “Digital is transforming education and ensuring that these technological advances reach the skilled trades is extremely important to StrataTech and vital to the growing needs of our labor force.”

OcuWeld engages students with a mixture of gamification and education. Students enjoy learning in a fun and highly interactive and dynamic environment that mimics real-world applications.

“As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that we infuse technology into our programs and curriculum to meet the changing needs of our students and their future employers,” said Mary Kelly, President/CEO of StrataTech. “OcuWeld will not only help our students get additional training, it will also position them to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals.”

Read the full OcuWeld Business Wire press release.

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