ABB’s Gearless Mill Drive presented a new level of scale and complexity to the mining industry. They wanted to showcase the unique key capabilities to customers and staff by letting them do what very few people will actually ever do – get up close and personal with the GMD.
Our solution was a cross-platform VR training simulator for use on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive platforms, an immersive experience that would provide an unprecedented level of detail. Despite the sheer size of the product, photorealism was paramount. Everything - down to the angle of individual bolts - had to be perfect.
With first use required at a trade show, less than six weeks from the brief, we worked closely with ABB’s engineering team to gather the CAD files, schematics and photographic reference necessary. We then compiled a large team to assemble the assets, provide texture in every location, engineer full sound design and construct the interactive journey that would let users teleport to key positions and play out realistic servicing and maintenance checks.