Tight budgets could boost virtual learning sector

 

F35 Flight Simulator

The CEO of one of the world’s leading Virtual Solution companies has said that the on-going economic crisis means that there will be a greater need for longer lasting computer equipment, which will provide the required training for the Armed Forces at a cost that is affordable to the public purse.

Paul Lindahl, CEO of NGRAIN, recently stated in an interview with DefPro.com:

“…Budget reductions have already resulted in significant impact to military forces: procurement of new equipment is declining and funding for human resources is being reduced. This means that existing equipment must be sustained for longer periods of time and that the people who are providing the training and sustainment for these systems must be have the ability to work with more systems. Technology is a valuable tool to manage the challenges in times of constraint.”

NGrain, which is based in Vancouver, provides simulation-based training for Lockhead Martin’s F35 warplane as well as an online-based solution for training on standard maintenance procedures.

As a sign of success, Lindahl points to NGRAIN’s mission to deliver simple information that assists the learner in his or her task. The intention was to get away from overburdening the learning environment with too much information and stick to the important fundamental information required. Lindahl claims that the approach has delivered repair times that have been twenty-five per cent faster than with using a technical manual alone. The repairs have also apparently been more accurate.

The United States Department of Defense has been moving towards embracing the virtual learning environment more extensively, recently providing a new F35 Flight Simulator for training at Eglin Airforce bases. The use, however, of a virtual learning environment for training on engineering maintenance signals a new wave of virtual learning tools that could deliver training on new equipment without incurring massive budgetary costs.

“The aerospace and defence industries could benefit from this highly deployable technology, particularly when applied to maintenance training,” says Lindahl. “The highly detailed virtual equipment would give maintainers a way to explore an engine, brake system, or full aircraft in a way that could be done without a lot of effort and expense with a real system”.

 

 

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