Hi, welcome to Foundry 45s. Today we’re excited to have Todd Mattson, Rail Operations Training Manager from Trimet Transit in Portland, Oregon. Hey, Todd! Why is VR a good solution for training rail operators?
Hi Dave. VR provides several benefits. In our case here at Trimet, for our training, we occasionally run into problems with getting equipment and we have weather events that sometimes prevent us from going out and operating on the mainline or in the yard. So it provides solutions to operational challenges that we face. It’s become more of a problem with the pandemic and the uncertainty that that’s brought into our operations. In addition to that, there’s certain experiences that are hard to replicate, you know, in real life and VR gives us an opportunity to do that in a safe and environment where we can observe the operator.