SELECTED PROJECTS AND NEWS


TESTIMONIALS

RAIL

Network Rail

Tactical Incident Leader (TIL) Training

Over a 6 month period, Mission Room has been supplying our Cine rental systems to Network Rail to assist in their Tactical Incident Leader (TIL) training courses. Repeat installations in the North West, Midlands and East of England have taken place.

The ability to run XVR emergency simulation software on the system was a core reason for Network Rail choosing Mission Room technology and our willingness to fit in around their specific training regimes was also a factor.

Mission Room's flexible delivery concept allowed standard PowerPoint, enhanced (wide-screen) content and XVR scenarios on the same kit - this was very important for the training team. 

“Mission Room is brilliant because we can place our trainees into stressful scenarios and let them make mistakes without putting them at any real risk.” John Arthur, TIL Training Lead, Network Rail

East Midlands Railway

Derby Training Academy

East Midlands Railway, run by Abellio, has invested in a Cine display system to help upgrade its Training Academy in Derby.

Mission Room worked with the Learning and Delivery Team to help specify the system that was eventually installed. We also looked closely at the types of applications and content that would help to improve training for their operational and customer service staff.

Specialist filming at Derby station and on their rolling stock enabled them to build previously unavailable training scenarios that took their trainees into the heart of realistic workplace situations.

Further content development is being planned over the next few years. 

"The Mission Room Team have been incredibly supportive with all our projects. It adds another dimension to training." Dave Stannard, Learning & Delivery Manager, East Midlands Railway

ViewTheRail.com

Remote Rail Route Access

ViewTheRail.com is our new sister site that brings the power of our 360º rail footage to remote workers involved in accessing UK track areas.

Over many years Mission Room has been capturing immersive route content of large parts of the UK rail network. Our unique, award-winning, capture and process technology was previously only deliverable via our immersive displays. ViewTheRail.com now gives instant, remote access to selected areas of this media, with simple navigation by map and ELRs.

A free trial is available at ViewTheRail.com 

byran denby and simon rennie shake hands in front of a mission room arena display system

NTAR

Enhancing apprenticeship training

Mission Room announces a new partnership with NTAR (National Training Academy for Rail).
The provision of award-winning Mission Room 360° technology will enable NTAR to integrate shared virtual reality and provide more immersive training methods to enhance their already excellent delivery options.
The collaboration will facilitate an innovative approach to training delivery and support the continual development of future immersive training solutions.

The Partnership involves Mission Room supplying technology to enable NTAR to capture 360° video of real world situations, produce immersive training media and let students experience this in a 3m Mission Room Arena system.

"Mission Room will enhance situational training in a safety critical environment." Simon Rennie, General Manager, NTAR

Norwich Station

GREATER ANGLIA

Improving surveys and cutting costs

Mission Room and Greater Anglia partner to ensure that the UK wide station surveys, required for the arrival of new rolling stock, are completed on time with innovative use of 360° geo-referenced video. The technology saves both time and money as well as positively impacting employee safety and de-risking the project.

With the introduction of new rolling stock, Greater Anglia were required to carry out station and platform surveys, which detailed platform by platform analysis to identify the various challenges or risks posed by the arrival of 3 new types of train on the UK rail network.

Given the time frame permitted, the time required to complete manual surveys was prohibitive. Greater Anglia selected Mission Room to support the completion of the surveys without the need for a physical on-site survey.

Using Mission Room’s 360° multi-camera technology on scheduled trains running at line speed, they were able to quickly capture the footage of multiple stations. Mission Room software enables 360° views of all required aspects of the platform with the functionality to easily navigate and mark the footage and quickly produce work packs with the required output.

Paul Stanforth of Trainways Limited - The solution developed “saves considerable time and resource not having to visit each station and carry out manual assessment”.  The software allows the virtual placement of new trains and the full assessment of any risk without the need to go on site and the footage can be reviewed from anywhere to determine the most appropriate output.

“The review sessions provide many of the benefits of a large cross department team visiting each station individually. Without Mission Room this cross team collaboration would not be possible.”
 Rob Evans - Greater Anglia 

NWEP

Less time spent on site visits

The £1bn project by Network Rail aims to electrify over 300km of routes in the North-West, providing better connectivity, faster journey times and improved capacity on routes. The upgrades will enable over 3.5 million extra passenger journeys a year and contribute economic benefits worth more than £4bn to the region. The NWEP project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

The team at NWEP need access to track in order to inspect the condition and location of various route assets. This often presents problems, as access to track is difficult. Track walkouts are both hazardous and costly and when staff do get access to track, they have limited time to collect all the relevant information. 

Mission Room have completed route filming and processing on a quarterly basis for two years, then using the four Mission Room displays and the Mission Room Explorer software, the team were able to bring their track into their office. This enabled them to virtually travel to all of the assets on their route and carry out relevant inspections. They could then mark-up site images and send information to their online collaborative workspace.

After installing Mission Explorer, the team at NWEP have spent less time and money on site visits. They also gained a clearer understanding of their site by having the track footage completely accessible at all times within a number of project offices. 

HIGHWAYS

A6 MARR

Enhancing workforce safety

The A6 MARR Project was a complex highways project including a combination of new build, green-field development and railway interaction that involved 3 local authority clients, two major contractors and numerous sub-contractors and consultants. The site was complex, presenting new visitors with safety issues that were constantly changing, providing issues for visitors/workers returning to site.

Mission Room provided a Cine display system and a Desktop system to the main site offices to enable both induction and planning activities to be carried out. The systems were also used to explain the project status to interested stakeholders, including local residents and the local authority clients. An immersive capture system was provided to enable the client to upgrade and review footage.

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Scheme (A6 MARR) provides 10 kilometres of new dual carriageway on the East-West route from the A6 near Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport and the link road to the M56. The project involved a joint venture between Carillion and Morgan Sindall. 

bmJV M1 Projects

Better contractor inductions

Mission Room completed a successful trial at the bmJV project based at J18 of the M1. bmJV have primarily been using the system for training and inductions to improve the safety practices of workers going out on-site. The project, a joint venture between Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall, has been upgrading the M1 between J15 and J18 and marks a successful Mission Room debut into the highways sector.

“Mission Room has really impressed us and made a difference to the way in which we approach training and inductions. It provides a high level of interest and consistency that has engaged the audience with such positive feedback we have been compelled to adopt the Mission Room more widely on this and other projects. We feel that Mission Room will protect the safety and well being of our people working on the Highway, and are constantly looking for opportunities to expand its use.”
Terry Meadows - Senior SHE Director Transport & Highways, Morgan Sindall


Following the successful trial of Mission Room at the bmJV project M1 J15, the same consortium have purchased Mission Room technology for the final phase of their Smart Motorway project at J39 of the M1. Workers at J39 will now have the benefits of immersive inductions, toolbox talks and the ability to plan more efficiently using the Mission Explorer software.

Highways England have highly commended Speedy Services, BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall for their use of Mission Room technology on major highways projects.  The award came in the ‘Safety, Health & Wellbeing’ category of Highways England’s Supply Chain Awards.

This is now the second time Mission Room have been recognised by Highways England in the last six months, following on from a Blue Star Safety Award last year. These awards are testament to the impact we have had on the highways sector within the past twelve months.

M62 Project

Enhanced inductions

Following the successful completion of the M1-A5 Link Project, where Mission Room was used to assist with site induction, in 2019 a Cine system was reinstated on the M6 J13-J15 Smart Motorways Project for Kier Highways, working on behalf of Highways England.

The proposed use of Mission Room is to be used for a combination of project and safety inductions as well as to assist with design visualisation.

The Project also has access to immersive route filming technology and Mission Room is providing immersive route processing services across the busy 16 mile stretch of the M6.

The Project has a total value of £225M and is expected to be complete by December 2022. It forms part of the huge Highways England programme to streamline traffic flows on the UK motorway network.

DIGITAL ENGINEERING

Innovate UK

AEC Control Rooms

Innovate UK has announced funding for a new ‘demonstrator’ project that will deploy a new production control room concept in some of the UK’s most complex and challenging projects.

The solution, called the ‘AEC Production Control Room’, will be led by Mace alongside a number of partners, UCL, Imperial College London, 3D Repo, Mission Room and eviFile. The team will develop and deploy a project control room system, built on live data feeds, that will radically improve the management and delivery of complex projects and programmes.

The project commenced in May 2020 with a duration of 24 months. Innovate UK has announced that the team have won £1.6m of funding to develop the concept. 


“The project control room concept has the potential to improve decision-making through real-time visibility of data while delivering complex projects, something that could be transformative in the future.” Mark Reynolds, Mace Group Chief Executive

Balfour Beatty

Digital Rehearsal HS2 and M4

Balfour Beatty have recently taken delivery of two Mission Room Cube systems to assist with digital engineering on major projects.

Both systems sit with their respective project teams to allow them to explore design and site issues in their project offices in advance of real site visits. Although HS2 Rail and M4 Smart Motorway are very different projects, Mission Room is able to offer both teams the ability to understand intricate designs, rehearse complex installation procedures and better prepare staff for the workplace. All of these capabilities help reduce costly mistakes on site.

Both project teams have been able to run their own software and have developed their own content including a Unity based application for site safety training. 


Working in conjunction with Mission Room Limited, our engineers are able to visualise and design a project before work commences on site” Balfour Beatty 2019 Annual Report (p11)

3D Repo

Enhanced digital engineering

3D Repo, developers of a market leading, cloud based, Digital Construction Platform, and Mission Room, creators of innovative 360° capture & visualisation solutions, are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to help the industry better collaborate on digital infrastructure projects.

3D Repo and Mission Room are launching a new integration which will allow 3D Repo’s cloud solution to be used directly within any of Mission Room’s 360° visualisation products.


Dr Jozef Dobos, CEO of 3D Repo said, “We are excited to work with Mission Room and we see their collaborative immersive environments as a natural extension to the way our users interact with 3D models. By placing multiple engineers into the centre of the design, they can work together more efficiently and communicate issues much more clearly.”

Dr Bryan Denby, Managing Director of Mission Room said, “When bringing new and innovative solutions to the market, we always look for partnerships that radically enhance the user experience. Working with 3D Repo adds a new dimension to our immersive displays and we know the new BIM & touchscreen capability will be of great value to our pool of existing infrastructure clients. .”


With the latest version of the 3D Repo v3.0, users can access any of their 3D models directly from the cloud within any of Mission Room’s products. This ensures that the latest project information is always available and also allows for real-time collaboration regardless of location. Using 3D Repo and Mission Room, engineers can quickly run real-time co-ordination and review exercises within the shared environment for tasks such as data analysis, issue tracking, clash detection and model differencing. This combined platform supports all major Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) formats including IFC, Autodesk Revit and Navisworks as well as Bentley DGN among others making it suitable for all projects in the built environment including buildings, civils and infrastructure.

Skanska

Deeper design understanding

Under a £25m deal, Skanska delivered a raft of completely new facilities for the school’s 1,500 pupils. The project’s 90-week build programme saw the school ready for staff and pupils to move into at the beginning of term.

Mission Room supplied a 3x3m Arena display system to allow the team to effectively step inside and walk through a digital rehearsal of the project, giving them the opportunity to collaboratively review survey data, easily identify clashes and quickly resolve potential issues. 

MARKETING

THE INSTITUTE OF QUARRYING

Showcasing 100 years of quarrying history

Mission Room created 3 separate productions for the Institute of Quarrying’s 100th anniversary. They used Mission Room 360° technology to convey the environmental story in quarrying, the story of the Quarry Garden project that was exhibited at Chatsworth house as part of the Chelsea Flower Show and finally to represent quarrying over the past 100 years.

“The process of working with Mission Room was really straight forward, we went to them with an initial brief, we had some creative ideas of our own of what we were trying to achieve and the messages we wanted to get across. They then helped us to flesh out the details to make sure we got all the right things in there in the right place at the right time in order to make those films a reality.”
Sarah Fry – Business Development and Communications Manager

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Inspiring Open Days

Hundreds of students explore Birmingham’s hidden gems without stepping foot outside the campus.

Mission Room have been supporting Birmingham University's marketing activities since September 2015 allowing prospective students to 'virtually' visit the city centre.

The University found that the main setback for prospective students choosing the University of Birmingham was their negative perception of the city. It was particularly difficult for the University to challenge these perceptions throughout their open days as students would generally only visit the campus and not the city.

Mission Room teamed up with the University to create a 360° experience that transported students into the heart of the city. The two-minute video allowed them to explore some of Birmingham city’s scenic areas and hidden gems without having to step foot outside the campus.

EVELINA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

A unique Xmas experience

Mission Room teamed up with marketing agency RAPP to create a unique immersive Christmas experience for the children at Evelina.

Teaming up with marketing agency RAPP, Mission Room created a virtual room where children could be transported out of their hospital surroundings without even needing to leave. Using our Arena display and immersive footage, they could stand on the moon, explore underwater coral reefs, take a ride in a hot air balloon and even step back in time to see dinosaurs!

NEWS

Innovate UK AEC Control Room Project

Mission Room has been successful in winning an Innovate UK award to help develop AEC Control Rooms as part of a £1.7M project. In conjunction with 5 other organisations (Mace, 3D Repo, Evifile, Imperial College and UCL) we will work to develop and install 4 demonstrator systems over the next 2 years.

Moving Online

In response to greater levels of remote working, Mission Room is boosting online content production and delivery. Following on from the successful launch of ViewThe Rail, we are now offering custom induction and training content online to complement our physical installations.

Product Renaming

In order to provide a more descriptive set of names for our display technology we have renamed our Arena display to 'Cube' and our Hybrid display to 'Cine'.

Balfour Beatty HS2 Installation

Following on from the successful M4 installation, Balfour Beatty have installed a 3 sided Mission Room with touchscreen capability in its Birmingham Offices to support digital engineering capabilities.

TIL Training Course Support for Network Rail

Mission Room is providing rental systems to support Tactical Incident Leader (TIL) traning for Network Rail. The systems are used to immerse trainees in XVR Emergency Simulation scenarios.

XVR Emergency Simulation Integration

Mission Room has successfuly integrated the powerful XVR Emergency Simulation software system. Adding game controller navigation and touchscreen interaction, together with our immersive display, produces a unique immersive experience.

ViewTheRail Launch

Mission Room now offers selected rail route footage via our sister site ViewTheRail.com. In a 'Street View' style, users can navigate to specific track locations and view 360° images. Free trial available.

3D Repo Partnership 

Mission Room and 3D Repo have developed a working partnership to bring synergy to their complementary offerings. 3D Repo provide cutting edge BIM software that works out-of-the-box on Mission Room displays.

National Grid Safety Days 

Mission Room has installed one of our Hybrid systems at the Training Academy in Derby for East Midlands Railway. This will be used to enhance staff training via specific immersive learning modules. 

Balfour Beatty M4 Installation

Balfour Beatty used our Rent-To-Buy facility to successfully trial and then purchase an Arena system to support digital engineering on their M4 Smart Motorway Project.

Touchscreen Integration

We can now offer multiple touchscreen support on our projection based system. Our infra-red, pen based technology makes interaction even simpler and more intuitive for a wide range of software running on Mission Room.

West Midlands Trains Station Upgrade Project

Working in conjunction with Abellio, Mission Room is filming and processing route data across the franchise to enable station upgrade analysis prior to the introduction of a new fleet of trains. 

East Midlands Railway Training System

Mission Room has installed one of our Hybrid systems at the Training Academy in Derby for East Midlands Railway. This will be used to enhance staff training via specific immersive learning modules.

Greater Anglia Station Upgrade Project 

Mission Room carried out a regional 360° route survey of the Anglia region and added specialist software to enable enhanced station analysis. This was supported with hardware displays to help ensure that their station upgrade programme came in on schedule.

University of Southampton Student Recruitment

Mission Room has produced a 360° marketing video that is being used in conjunction with Arena rentals at recruitment fairs for The University of Southampton .

Bridgwater & Taunton College Installation

Mission Room has installed one of our Open systems at the Bridgwater & Taunton College campus to support Apprentices linked to Hinkley Point C. We also supplied 360° capture kit and immersive content .

Vinci Demonstrations

Working with the Vinci innovation team we have been demonstrating Mission Room systems at a range of Vinci facilities to examine the potential for Digital Engineering.

Trans Pennine Express (TPE) Training System 

Trans Pennine Express (TPE) Training System Mission Room has installed one of our Cube systems in the training hub for TPE at Huddersfield Station. Mission Room will develop a set of customised training modules to enhance staff training.