Practical Completion on First Unigine 2 Rail Project for Oktal Sydac
New Zealand’s rail network operator, Greater Wellington Rail, runs the
Wellington region’s passenger network, which is made up of five lines.
This region has the highest per capita use of public transport in New
Zealand, with rail making up a large portion of that usage.
March 2017, after a successful bid, Oktal Sydac signed the contract to
provide Greater Wellington Rail with a driver training simulator and
155km of Wellington track CGI. This project gave us the perfect
opportunity to utilise some new technology and deliver-up a host of
firsts! This was our first Unigine 2 project – a state-of-the-art,
real-time 3D engine used in simulation, visualization and VR systems. It
was also our first project utilising global water with waves, which
change depending on the weather settings. A new track generation tool
was created that enabled faster generation and the automatic creation of
more complex intersections.
Lastly, this was the first project to include dynamic station lighting, resulting in a much more realistic effect.
Amazingly true-to-life water and wave movement.
completion of this project was announced internally by Project Manager
Brenton Nankivell on the 9th of November: Barry Fryer, Acting Rail
Manager of Rail Operations for Greater Wellington Rail, was delighted
with the outcome.
“We are very pleased with the realism and functionality offered by the newly built Matangi train driver simulator.” Said Barry. “[Oktal]
Sydac have done a terrific job of working closely with our engineers
and train drivers to design and deliver a training simulator that
replicates our train, our network and our unique operating environment.
Our brief included some unusual requirements such as earthquakes and
landslips in addition to Wellington’s wild weather, all of which were no
problem for [Oktal] Sydac.
Visitors to the
simulator always comment on the photorealistic virtual world as well as
the near perfect cab replication. Our engineers have compared the
simulator train performance to real world data and proven it to be
It has been a real highlight to work with Brenton and the [Oktal] Sydac team on this project and we would certainly recommend them to other potential customers.”
you would like to learn more about how Oktal Sydac can enhance your
driver training regime, please contact us via our website.