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GSE Systems’ 21st Century simulation technology gets medieval on training

05 April 2013

GSE Systems will supply Activ3Di visualization technology for maintenance training, GPWR generic nuclear simulators, VPanel glass-top simulators and other cutting-edge simulation technologies for training energy industry workers to EDF Energy for its flagship training facility being built in a 900-year-old medieval monastery in southwest England

EDF's proposed training centre at Cannington Court
EDF's proposed training centre at Cannington Court

A £15-million renovation (approximately US $22.3 million) of Cannington Court in Somerset by EDF Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy companies, will convert the historic buildings and grounds into the central hub for EDF’s network of training facilities across the UK. The campus will also include on-site housing for up to 50 people at a time. The facility is slated to open in early 2014.

GSE’s Activ3Di interactive visualization tools provide trainees with immersive 3D virtual training environments for field operations and maintenance. The company's real-time nuclear simulators generate industry-leading accuracy and responsiveness for operator training. The result is a more realistic experience for trainees. When used in a multiple-format learning scenario, this type of training is shown to be the fastest way to competency.

“This collaboration utilizes the respective skills and experience from both sides which are complementary. We will combine the world-class training technology from GSE Systems in support of EDF Energy’s visionary leadership and industry knowledge to deliver an unparalleled learning experience that is unique in content and method of engagement,” said Graham Wren, European SVP and Managing Director of GSE Systems UK. 

Located about 110 miles west of London, Cannington Court is owned by Bridgewater College. The buildings date back to the 12th century, at which time they were connected to a Benedictine nunnery. The project will include some new construction and repairs to the medieval barn, lodge, dairy and walled gardens.

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