Challenge 2: Augmented & Virtual Reality Inspection

Synopsis: How augmented reality and virtual reality technology might create a step change in construction and operation practices such as training and maintenance inspection

HS2 Ltd set this challenge to investigate the art of the possible with emerging immersive VR & AR hardware and software technologies.  One of the key goals of HS2 Ltd is to remove the need for HS2 staff to work in potentially hazardous environments.

How can tasks and work activities and the way people undertake these be developed to negate the need for people to work on or near   the operational railway or in conditions that today would mean working at height, or in confined spaces or open to environmental aspects or hazardous locations? How can these tasks be performed with reduced risks or more effectively in a remote location?

Here are a couple ideas to stimulate your thinking:

  1. Change the ways in which we determine infrastructure performance and condition: How could immersive technology be used to identify infrastructure faults or movements that could affect HS2 service and customer experience?
  2. Safe by Design – Safe at Heart: Digitizing HS2 Assets to allow staff to inspect, interrogate and manage asset performance in a more control, safe office based environment.
  3. Staff Development – Training, Competence Management, Coaching and Mentoring: Enable staff development using a virtual environment that is linked to real-time/historical data?
  4. Virtual Digital Twin: Could digital 3D models be made available to staff working on site in the construction phase using Immersive technologies to accelerate the construction process or help resolve issues more efficiently. How could Asset digital twins be used to allow reliability and rick based maintenance approaches to be embedded from Day One of Operational Service.

Output: prototype AR/VR solution

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