To obtain a virtual environment as similar as possible to reality, the Minsait experts toured several Endesa facilities to photograph and record all of the elements involved in the processes.
It is a full immersion: once you put on the glasses, which include headphones, and with the controls in your hands, you are now inside the plant. You just need to follow the trainer’s instructions. The locks, labels and other elements that are necessary in the real environment are exactly reproduced here. You must follow step-by-step the instructions contained in a field notebook: if the tool detects that you've skipped a step, a warning will appear, indicating what you missed. It will not allow you to proceed until you complete it.
At each level, different real situations and interactions with other actors participating in the process are recreated and the procedures associated with LOTO are applied, always incorporating the use of PPEs (personal protective equipment).
Virtual reality "facilitates the comprehension of operations and procedures thanks to the experience and practice of immersion", according to Patricia García Gómez, SPM technician at the As Pontes thermal plant and future trainer in the training process. According to Ana Milagros González, SPM technician in the Canary Islands, another of the advantages of this innovative training method is that: "This technology generates more motivation to learn, because it’s an innovative system".