Virtual Reality Fire Training
Fire training for non-professionals is expensive, complicated and dangerous. Simulations in virtual environments are a great remedy to this challenge, while also offering many advantages of the virtual world.
Simulations in virtual environments for educational purpose are well-known in many domains to achieve an interactive learning experience. This project addresses the development of a virtual reality application for training non-professionals in using a fire extinguisher. Virtual firefighting is advantageous compared to fire training in a real environment in terms of security, practicality and the selection of training scenarios. Additionally, it is a costeffective alternative while offering a more engaging training experience.
The state-of-the-art virtual reality device HTC Vive, paired with the high-level game development framework Unity, is used to develop a 360-degree fire simulation and therefore allows trainees to interact with a fire in a safe setting. The scenario can be controlled from an external supervisor for professional learning feedback. Through visual effects, realistic lighting, suitable shading methods and a physical approximation of fire growth, we achieved to develop a realistic and an immersive learning environment which is also maintainable for further development.