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Virtual Training Platform For Finnish
Rescue Authorities

What is it about

Risk management by digital tools

The main goal of the Work Package 2 is to develop and test digital tools and virtual environment for risk prevention and management. In this context, virtual environment means both an integrated information model of the Saimaa Canal area, as well as simulated accident cases.


Simulation of Rescue situations

We design a game-like environment that enables practicing selected emergency case scenarios. Goal for the environment is to enable better virtual tools for education of Rescue departments incident commanders. These case scenarios have been defined in workshops and can relate to e.g. cargo ship accidents, passenger accidents, maintenance and construction processes.

In the project, area for simulations has been limited to vicinity of Saimaa Canal.

new technologies

ROV And RPAS Technologies For Rescue Personnel

A part of this Work Package 2 is to test Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV) and to develop a training package for the use of those technologies. These technologies are used to form situational awareness during emergencies. This will also be demonstrated in the virtual training platform by simulated RPAS and ROV equipment.

where will it lead

Outcome of the project

Main outcome of WP2 activities is a co-operative training model and piloting of risk management practices using these simulation-based environments and tools. Good cooperation of Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) regarding initial data will be essential for WP2 implementation.

This will be improved

Performance and operational capabilities of rescue professionals

The cooperation model of rescue professionals

Use of latest technology equipment for rescue situations

Frequently asked questions

Who is this virtual training for?

The virtual training environment is designed for rescue authorities. It will be a platform for them to train real-life situations and improve their operational capabilities. The main target group or this virtual tool are rescue departments’ incident commanders who need to make decisions during emergencies.

What scenarios are trained?

Scenarios are based on accident scrips created in collaboration with rescue authorities. In the first simulated scenario a small passenger yacht loses its controllability, crashes to a side bank of the channel, then drifts to the other side of the channel and starts sinking under a rock wall. Next scenarios may include car accident occuring in proximity of Saimaa Canal, accidents during maintenance of the channel structures, cargo ship accidents as well as inclusion of environmental risk aspects.

In the training, incident commanders must first gather information and produce situational awareness. The rescue operations are carried out based on their commands.

What are the new technologies tried in this project?

Remote operated systems, both aerial and underwater, will be acquired and tested for producing situational awareness. A completely new simulation-based virtual platform will be created for training of incident commanders. The remote operated systems will also be included in the virtual training platform.

An integrated information model of the Saimaa Canal environment will be composed into existing Common Data Environment solution. The use of this tool will be tested for risk management and evaluation. The use of augmented and mixed reality solutions will be tested with the information model.