There is no spoon: Applying virtual reality for maintenance training of rolling stock technicians

Alberto Martinetti (Corresponding Author), K. 't Hart, Roy Damgrave, L.A.M. van Dongen, R. Turkenburg, Andre Nouwens

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    Introducing into operations new rolling stocks requires re-educating technicians and operators for being able to properly work on new and different assets. The training sessions are often performed under substantial time constraints and with a lack of resources. Re-training the technicians is a cost intensive process as it is for training new employees. The aim of the paper is to test and evaluate a virtual reality (VR) training solutions to decrease costs and to increase technicians' availability, safety during maintenance operations and education performance with the support of Netherlands Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen - NS). Firstly, the study explores the possible maintenance tasks analysing the benefits for VR implementations; secondly, it evaluates the attitude of technicians trained with the proposed VR approach. Finally, it discusses the results and provides general applicable suggestions for the use of VR in other training activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)398-415
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of System of Systems Engineering
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Maintenance
    • Virtual Reality (VR)
    • Rolling Stocks
    • Training


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