Augmenting Fire Fighter Training With Virtual Reality Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$590,465.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
28181
Agency Tracking Number:
28181
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
260 Cr473, Castroville, TX, 78009
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John P. Cater
(210) 492-5612
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current fire fighting training methods are possibly lacking maximum effectiveness due to increasing safety and environmental regulation. Additionally, performance measurement in large classes becomes difficult unless trainees have identical training scenarios and evaluations. This proposal details the analysis of current training methods and subsequent emulation of them using virtual reality (VR). Phase I will consist of a study of training methods used at Goodfellow AFB's Fire School followed with an intense design and analysis of a VR fire fighter trainer to be used in live fireground training augmentation. The six-month project will conclude with a final report recommending training fire scenarios, interactive trainer interfaces and measurement tools, hardware platforms and a preliminary design for VR fire fighter trainer to be developed in Phase II. Technical feasibility and assessment of operational accuracy will also be investigated and document.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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