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Bluestorm client unveils unique virtual reality facility for Humber businesses

Businesses across the region will be given a major digital edge thanks to the launch of a new virtual reality facility, which has been funded by our client Green Port Hull.

The Green Port Virtual Reality (VR) Suite is based within Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC). It will enable businesses to drive innovation and productivity and allow them to work with Ron Dearing UTC students to help develop their digital skills.

The VR Suite has been funded by a grant from the Green Port Growth Programme and was launched recently to local businesses at the annual Green Port Hull networking event, held in the UTC’s Smith & Nephew Conference Centre.

Tim Rix, Chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the new Green Port Virtual Reality Suite at Ron Dearing UTC, which will give companies in our region the chance to experience and explore the opportunities VR can bring to their business. VR systems can improve design processes, support procedures and training and create virtual prototypes to be tried and tested before implementation.

“Not only will it bring benefits to our ever-growing renewable energy sector here in the Humber, but the Green Port VR Suite will support innovation in businesses spanning a wide variety of markets. We’re looking forward to seeing the impact it will have.”

The VR suite features a combination of fixed installations and portable VR devices, and related software, to ensure flexibility and maximise collaboration with industry. The suite’s centrepiece is a 4K-resolution active wall which allows for a fully immersive VR experience for up to 30 people.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley added:

“We’re excited to launch the Green Port VR Suite. This is a major asset for the region and local businesses and a fantastic opportunity to develop a new highly-skilled workforce. 

“The support of our Major Partner Green Port Hull has enabled the creation of a facility which is the only one in the country hosted within an educational establishment that is available on an ongoing basis to local businesses.”

Virtual reality applications have seen rapid growth, especially in engineering and manufacturing industries, as VR supports highly-efficient, end-to-end production processes. VR delivers an easy-to-understand global picture of production operations and produces 3D data that can be used in many ways, including design development and training.

Among many benefits for local businesses, the VR suite and technology will:

- Enable VR-ready 3D models and simulations to be created seamlessly using files from a wide range of industry-standard and sector-specific computer-aided design (CAD) packages.
- Provide seamless CAD integration to help businesses improve their design processes.
- Deliver cost reduction by supporting concept reviews and optimisation of part designs before tooling and production of physical prototypes.
- Provide a superb facility for product presentations and pitches.

Businesses that want to find out more about the facility or make use of it should contact Steve Willacy on 01482 222299 or

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