An immersive and interactive virtual reality learning environment based on the Coogee energy methanol plant

Shallcross, David, Lukey, Grant, Cameron, Ian, Crosthwaite, Carolyn, Maynard, Nicoleta, Tade, Moses and Kavanagh, John (2010). An immersive and interactive virtual reality learning environment based on the Coogee energy methanol plant. In: Chemeca2010. 40th Annual Australasian Chemical and Process Engineering Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (1-9). 26-29 September 2010.

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Author Shallcross, David
Lukey, Grant
Cameron, Ian
Crosthwaite, Carolyn
Maynard, Nicoleta
Tade, Moses
Kavanagh, John
Title of paper An immersive and interactive virtual reality learning environment based on the Coogee energy methanol plant
Conference name 40th Annual Australasian Chemical and Process Engineering Conference
Conference location Adelaide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 September 2010
Proceedings title Chemeca2010
Place of Publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Publisher Engineers Australia
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780858259713
0858259710
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
An immersive and interactive virtual reality learning environment has been developed based around the Coogee Energy methanol plant in Laverton, Melbourne. In this facility Bass Strait natural gas and oxygen are converted into methanol which is then either piped or trucked to customers. Using a network of over 50 spherical images students are able to move through the process plant looking around them as they do. Over three hundred separate items of equipment including heat exchangers, distillation columns, reactors, furnaces, pumps, valves, compressors, tanks, fire fighting equipment, trade waste pits, utility services and buildings are identified by the use of hot spots in the images. Students are able to select individual items through the hot spots to receive detailed information concerning the particular item of equipment. The learning environment also currently includes the site safety induction and plans exist for the inclusion of interviews with plant engineers and operators. This paper describes the learning environment and how it has been applied to teaching in a second year material balance class as well as a third year reactor engineering class. Student evaluation of the learning environment is included.
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Additional Notes Conference also known as Chemeca 2010. Presented during Session 410 "Education" as Paper 464.

 
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