Digital tools and infrastructureDeveloping an in-house suite of software for performing remote tasks using robotics in challenging environments.
RHOVR: Remote Handling Operations Virtual Reality
RHOVR is RACE’s in-house VR software, used to visualise digital twin mock-ups of tasks, from routine maintenance procedures to complex one-off operations. It lowers risks associated with remote handling by enabling engineers and operators to plan, see and interrogate tasks in a virtual environment.
RHOVR can display the live position of real hardware in a virtual environment, alongside other metrics like temperature, stress on joints and estimations of radiation damage.
OMS: Operations Management System
OMS replaces paper-based planning with a digital alternative.
OMS brings together process flows and asset tracking into a single piece of software, allowing teams to define detailed instructions for each planned remote handling task, with a log of activity recorded.
OMS is currently being tested against JET remote handling requirements and has been integrated with CorteX to control TARM.
Within robotics, we need a software platform that can adapt to new challenges, new user requirements and new advances in technology. To meet these requirements, RACE has created CorteX, a robotics communication and control platform for remote operations in fusion and beyond.
A software framework for interoperable robotics solutions, it has been designed around 5 key principles:
- Integrated user interfaces