EDF Energy challenged Make Real to create an engaging prototype of the campus utilising the Microsoft Hololens AR.

Overview

EDF Energy, they value their 15,000 employees across the UK, investing in education and training for all. To help, EDF found a new training hub at Cannington Court – a 12th Century Benedictine nunnery in Somerset.

We created an easy-to-use augmented reality experience for first-timers which led to EDF being able to deliver foundation learning to employees resulting in a reduction in overall course delivery time, higher engagement leading to better test scores.

Challenges

There were many challenges to overcome since this was the first time that Make Real had access to the Microsoft Hololens AR hardware, but through careful design and development with the Unity Technologies 3D engine, of which great experience and knowledge is already in-house, and prior understanding of designing for VR performance across mobile devices, the end product provides a simple, easy-to-use application for users and EDF Energy staff alike.

Since the technology was also new to EDF Energy Campus team, the end user experience also had to be simple to use, demonstrate and ensure there were no barriers to entry, removing focus on the new hardware experience and typical foibles of deploying and using prototype devices that detracted from the outcome.

Impact

With Cannington Court operational since May 2015, Make Real’s products have helped EDF Energy’s team deliver foundation learning to many employees with significant impact.

EDF Energy has reported qualitative and quantitative impacts resulting from the products. Amongst these, the reduction in overall course delivery time and higher test scores represent improvements in knowledge transfer and retention and highlight the effectiveness of the products.

The recent deployment of a leading edge technology showcase application utilising Microsoft Hololens AR hardware has helped establish EDF Energy as an employer for future generations to come.

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