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HS2 uses augmented reality to train Old Oak Common station future staff

In a UK-first, the company delivering Britain’s new high-speed rail network is using augmented reality to train the staff who will eventually run the Old Oak Common ‘super hub’ – set to be one of the UK’s busiest and best-connected stations.

Old Oak Common railway station’s initial groundwork has started and full construction will begin later in 2019, but HS2 is harnessing augmented reality (AR) so that the station’s future staff can learn the skills required to make sure one of Britain’s busiest railway stations will run like clockwork from day one.

The pioneering project sees HS2 Ltd partner with …


UK Rail Industry – the hardest nut to crack!

At PAULEY, we understand the need to demonstrate the context of what we offer in relation to the environment in which we offer it.

The Rail Sector Deal – launched in December 2018 – brings together a number of initiatives that we’re intrinsically associated with.

At its heart, the mutual commitments between the rail industry and the government set out will allow more trains to run per hour by running trains closer together; deliver more frequent services and more seats and cut delays by getting trains moving more quickly after disruption.

The Sector Deal will enable companies to drive innovation,


A further SME response to the Williams Report

In our initial response to the call for evidence for the Williams Rail Review we spoke about the necessity to create and understand the environment in which companies like PAULEY need to be able to operate, with creativity; with innovation; seeking productivity improvements and being encouraged to do so by the big players and by Government. This is why the Sector Deal and Williams Review are critical – they provide that context, the environment where companies like PAULEY can succeed, without barriers to entry or progress, for the good of the industry, its passengers, its customers, its workers and the …


An agile SME response to the Williams Report

At PAULEY, we understand the need to demonstrate the context of what we offer in relation to the environment in which we offer it.

The recently announced Rail Review, led by independent chair Keith Williams, has been established to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the delivery of the Government’s vision for the railway of having a world-class railway; working as part of the wider transport network and delivering new opportunities across the nation. Established by the Transport Secretary, the Rail Review will recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the …

Fault Finding in Augmented Reality

Calculating the cost savings of blended learning

At PAULEY, we understand the need to demonstrate the economic argument of doing something different. That’s why we’ve devised a method for understanding the cost differential between traditional, face-to-face (death by PowerPoint) training, and a more blended learning approach using Immersive Technology (Mixed Reality).

Our COST SAVINGS CALCULATOR aims to estimate the total cost of your current training that could be replaced with Blended Learning (VR / AR / Cad Enabled E-Learning) and provide an example price to develop a blended learning solution. This provides an illustration of cost savings, to help highlight the business case when compared with traditional …

Microsoft HoloLens: Getting your first content onto device

In our last blog post, we showed you how to get started with HoloLens development and set up a development environment. In this post, we will be detailing how to build your first piece of content and deploy it to a HoloLens device. We will also be covering how to construct some interactions using pre-made components contained within the HoloToolkit.
The main aim for this blog post is to get a basic application, that contains two objects and an interactive button which toggles the states of these objects, built and deployed to a device for testing. At the end of …


Digital Rail Sector Deal and the Economics of Skills Development

The launch of the Governments Rail Sector Deal (RSD) saw a number of key initiatives and a vision for the future of the industry unveiled. Delivering the benefits of new digital rail technology is at the heart of this Rail Sector Deal. The Sector Deal will enable companies to drive innovation, invest in research and development, upskill their workforce and look beyond the UK to export markets worldwide.

With a focus on enabling the UK Rail Sector to nurture, empower and retain digitally skilled workers, the RSD is at the heart of the work we do.

The impact …

Microsoft HoloLens: A developer’s kick-start guide

The world industries are currently in a state of transition with the emergence of digital tech and immersive Mixed Reality (XR) technology. Many systems both new and old, that have been difficult to upgrade to a screen based medium due to lack of usability may now have a clear path to digitisation through the use of XR technology due to many applications making more sense in a spatial medium than a 2D screen.
Our time developing MS HoloLens experiences for clients has led us to discover a great many tips, tricks that are not that widely known in this exciting …


PAULEY deliver NCHSR and HS2 training technology of the future

The recent Skills, Employment and Education Strategy (SEE) document released by HS2 Ltd in October 2018 ( highlights the critical importance that HS2 will bring to the UK’s infrastructure portfolio, and the vital role that the scheme plays in educating and training the infrastructure and rail workforce in opening up new opportunities.

HS2 and the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) share a common vision – to embrace future technology and to enable tomorrow’s workforce today. Their approach to training focuses on two key areas – how can we deploy tomorrow’s technology today and how do we …