I had a great time with my twin daughters yesterday at Tideway’s Family Day, which saw the opening of Kirtling Street to staff, family and friends to showcase Millicent and Ursula – the two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) now taking pride of place on site before they are destined to disappear beneath ground.
The TBMs themselves may well have the ultimate wow factor due to their sheer size and indisputable impressiveness, but equally captivating was the virtual reality TBM Simulator developed by FLOJV and Hobs after obtaining investment from Tideway’s innovation programme ‘The Great Think’ last year.
Yesterday the simulator gave everyone an immersive experience of life on the TBM, with a tour from front to back and commentary from Barry Major and Michael Appleton, to a stream of transfixed attendees. Originally developed as a safer and more cost-effective way of being able to deliver effective TBM training, the award-winning software has also proved a massive STEM hit, and has already saved the project an estimated £80,000 due to the early detection of a misplaced screw in the original design.
For those who haven’t yet seen it, have a look at the video below!