Simulation and Training

Serious Games for Training


Training in a virtual world can be a crucial supplement to classroom and field training, providing a safe, cost-effective method to improve skills quickly. The current generation of recruits, raised on computer games, is comfortable interacting with virtual environments, but these “serious games,” which are developed using video game technologies, can benefit trainees of any age and experience.

Alion builds powerful solutions using open source and commercial gaming engines for cost-effective performance. A prime example is the award-winning Navy ‘Damage Control Trainer’.* In controlled tests at the University of Central Florida, this serious game delivered 50-80% improvements among Navy recruits after just one hour of playing this serious game. It is now part of the Navy’s required training.

The “Virtual Maintenance Performance Aid” (VMPA) training game enables student Readiness Control Officers (RCOs) to practice damage control, tactical team training and force protection in a fully interactive virtual ship environment. Supporting both single and team training, VMPA is easily modified and its native HLA interface makes for rapid interoperability. The solution includes the ability to integrate with ship driving simulations, allowing the RCO and Officer of the Deck to practice in a team environment.

Through our expertise in game development and 3D simulation, Alion can support critical training requirements of every description.

*Produced in partnership with Raytheon BBN Technologies