PTI's augmented reality project will help Itaipu's operation and maintenance
The virtual reality will be used to assist the operation and maintenance of Itaipu Binacional’s equipment. For about a year, professionals from the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), through the Laboratory of Automation and Simulation of Electrical Systems (Lasse), carry out tests to put the project into practice.
The virtual reality proposal was an initiative of Lasse's own team. At the end of 2018, according to the laboratory manager, Rodrigo Bueno Otto, Itaipu Binacional made an official order to PTI to apply the strategy in a specific project within the plant.
Otto explains that, based on market trends, especially focused on the industry 4.0, Lasse sought to invest in the virtual reality line and sought professionals specialized in the field. Like most of the Laboratory's activities, the project focuses on the modernization of the Itaipu plant. "In this concept, we will work with the data visualization and information part, focused on the part of support to the maintenance service of the plant and also on the training of workers."
Jaime Süne, researcher at Lasse and a retired engineer at Itaipu, says that the concept of augmented reality has wide application in the areas of maintenance and operation of the power plant or any other company in the electricity sector.
He exemplifies: "It can be applied in the assembly and dismantling of equipment, training in maintenance techniques, virtual environments can be created in the area of operation, fault analysis, actions created for labor safety..." The engineer complements: "Your creativity in using this tool is what will determine how much it will be used".
Training and attracting young people
Graduated in Digital Games, by the Faculty of Technology of São Paulo, Lucas Rafael Cressani dos Santos, 22, was invited to work at Lasse to assist in the augmented reality project. "My activity is focused on the construction of environments, using equipment pre-modeled by engineers and also in the programming of these environments," he says.
Until then, Lucas had never worked in the industrial area and considered the experience a learning opportunity. Besides supporting Itaipu’s modernization, he believes that the project is important for the specialization of young people in the area.
Created 10 years ago, the Laboratory was created with the purpose of making Itaipu more and more self-sufficient. Through simulations of electrical systems, the mission is to meet the demands in the area of energy and, with that, contribute to the process of technological independence of the world's largest hydroelectric plant in power generation.