Rosenergoatom Concern1 Joint-Stock Company is transforming from traditional to virtual reality employee training in order to raise the qualification levels of nuclear power plant personnel and accelerate commissioning of equipment. CROC Immersive Technologies2 team helped Rosenergoatom select the best solution to train technicians in a virtual reality environment. During the pilot stage, a virtual simulator prototype was successfully developed and tested, thus proving its readiness for personnel training.

Rosenergoatom has successfully tested a VR simulator prototype for training of its technicians. The prototype was developed by CROC Immersive Technologies, a business unit of IT company CROC. Testing took place at Leningrad nuclear power plant and proved the effectiveness of using virtual reality to train personnel.

The company plans to start deploying VR-based training in 2021 to improve staff skills, repair equipment and train new employees faster.

Sosnovy Bor city in the Leningrad region, where the Leningrad nuclear power plant-2 is located, was used to test the new personnel training method. A VR training model was created to simulate 10 kV switchgear electrical cabinets at the nuclear power plant.

Until now, technicians have used real equipment to practice skills and learn about our production cycle. Since nuclear power plants operate under stringent HSE requirements, our employees undergo year-long training mentored by an experienced specialist, during which they are prohibited from working on their own. Installation of a VR system simulating real equipment operation allows us to optimize training both in terms of time management and opportunities for practicing many different drills.

Dmitry Gasten
Human Resources Management and Social Policy Director, Rosenergoatom

This practice helps teach employees how to operate electrical equipment following preset scenarios, where every possible error consequence is visualized. Afterwards, employees take an exam and, once given permission, are ready to start working on their own.

According to Dmitry Gasten, creating a full-fledged virtual simulation of electrical equipment is a worthwhile investment: one simulator covering Rosenergoatom plants costs five-times less than a tangible model.

Furthermore, a virtual simulator is easier to scale. Since manufacturing infrastructure and equipment are constantly upgraded, physical simulators quickly become obsolete. Virtual reality, on the other hand, is highly adaptable to changing conditions.

One of the key aspects of our digital transformation is embracing and testing methods that can be scaled and adapted to work not only in Russia but also in international markets. Rosenergoatom is increasing its focus on digital assistants for employee management and development as, within the next five years, we will have to train thousands of people to work in new Russian and foreign plants. Obviously, such an ambitious objective can only be accomplished if using the most advanced digital technologies.

Sergey Migalin
Deputy CEO and Director for Finance and Economy, Rosenergoatom

We offered Rosenergoatom a solution that perfectly meets operational requirements, and developed a demo prototype to simulate 10 kV switchgear cabinets. VR simulators have an inherent advantage: they can be quickly and easily modified and updated with new scenarios or emergency situations drills.

Ilya Simonov
Director of CROC Immersive Technologies

This year's plan is to create a prototype of a fully functional virtual training simulator for Leningrad nuclear power plant-2. Project piloting will help determine whether it is reasonable to develop the unified functionality of a virtual simulator, which can be customized to meet the needs of every Russian nuclear power plant.

1 Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company (part of the Electric power division of the Rosatom State Corporation) is one of the major electrical power providers in Russia and the only national nuclear power plant operator. Rosenergoatom’s primary expertise is generation of electrical and thermal energy at its nuclear plants, as well as management of nuclear plants, sources of radiation, nuclear material and radioactive substance storage sites, in compliance with Russian Federation legislation and procedures. Rosenergoatom comprises 11 operational nuclear power plants, including a floating nuclear power plant, as well as an emergency NPP maintenance Science and Research Center, a Design and Construction branch, and Technology Center. The 11 operating nuclear power plants in Russia run 36 power blocks, including the Akademik Lomonosov power barge. The total capacity of all power blocks is 30.3 GW. NPPs account for around 19% of all electric power output in Russia.

2 CROC Immersive Technologies specializes in the industrial application of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3D graphics, mixed reality (MR), extended reality (XR), and other technologies. The team creates HSE and Industry 4.0 solutions, including enterprise digital models, VR simulator and AR apps, while also providing technology consulting services, to help train personnel in occupational safety and reduce the risk of accidents and production downtime. CROC Immersive Technologies’ customer list includes Saudi Aramco, Sibur, Gazprom Neft, Rosatom, Norilsk Nickel, Mosoblgaz, DeLaval, GE Healthcare, Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center, the State Hermitage Museum, and other Russian and international companies.

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