Exciting New VR Projects from Agility3

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As the New Year approaches we at Agility3 are looking forward to some very exciting projects for next year, particularly around Virtual Reality (VR), having completed several demos and projects over the last six months. These include…

Tube Train Passenger/Driver VR Experience

An immersive train station experience where users can navigate station platforms, on to and off trains, move within and between carriages and even experience driving a train. This type of experience would be extremely beneficial for enhancing passenger experience, driver training or even train station redevelopment. Take a look at some footage here.

Hazard Perception VR Driving Simulation

A driver training aid that requires users to react to various hazards presented to them as they drive around a residential environment. Statistics are captured and provided on their performance. Take a look at some footage here.

Interactive Building VR Walkthrough

VR experiences to help stakeholders understand how a new building or space may look and function once constructed. This can reduce project risk, increase stakeholder engagement and result in better overall design. Interactive features within the experience can enable users to customise the environment and compare or contrast different options.

If you would like to find out more about our VR capabilities, try any of the experiences mentioned or discuss a potential project please do get in touch on 01438 488066 or info@agility3.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you in 2018.

Less than 1 week until RailSIMtech – See our Rail VR and Maintenance Training demos!

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The excitement is building and we’re looking forward to showing our Virtual Reality Tube Train and Interactive Maintenance trainer demonstrations at RailSIMtech next week.

If you are involved in maintenance or operator training, or if you would like to try our Tube Train VR experience and learn what we can do for you, we would be delighted to offer you a demonstration at the event.

To learn more or to reserve a demo slot at the event please get in touch. If you’re not yet registered for RailSIMtech you can click here to register. Save 50% on the standard event price using our discount code AGIL3VIP. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact us via info@agility3.co.uk or call us on 01438 488066.

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RailSIMtech – Save 50% with our exclusive VIP discount code

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RailSIMtech is the only business event in the world dedicated to the use of simulation and visualisation within the rail industry and we’re delighted to be exhibiting throughout the event. During the event we will be demonstrating a selection of our interactive 3D software and content including the “VirtuRail” 3D Visualisation application developed by Agility3 for Transport for London.


“VirtuRail” automatically generates immersive real-time 3D representations of railway networks using input and output data from TfL’s Railway Engineering Simulator. We are delighted to invite you for a demonstration at the event. If you’re not registered already you can click here to register for the event and save 50% on the standard price with our exclusive discount code AGIL3VIP.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact us via info@agility3.co.uk or call us on 01438 488066.


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Agility3 are exhibiting at RailSIMtech – come and see us!

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RailSIMtech is the only business event in the world dedicated to the use of simulation and visualisation within the rail industry and we’re delighted to be exhibiting throughout the event. During the event we will be demonstrating a selection of our interactive 3D software and content including the Agility3 Virtual Route Viewer (VRV).

Agility3 visualisation solutions to support Infrastructure Development


 The VRV:

  • Allows stakeholders to visualise and compare alternative development schemes
  • Improves stakeholder engagement and confidence
  • Leads to better communication
  • Improves safety and reduces time and cost by reducing the need for site visits
  • Supports driver route learning
  • Results in better, quicker and cheaper decision making

If this is of interest to you we would be delighted to offer you a demonstration at the event. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a time to meet and if you’re not registered already you can click here to register for the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact us via info@agility3.co.uk or call us on 01438 488066.

©2017 Agility3 Limited

Agility3 are exhibiting at RailSIMtech – come and see us!

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RailSIMtech is the only business event in the world dedicated to the use of simulation and visualisation within the rail industry and we’re delighted to announce that Agility3 will be exhibiting throughout the event.

During RailSIMtech, which is being held at The NEC in Birmingham on the 8th, 9th and 10th of November 2017, we will be demonstrating a selection of our interactive 3D software and content that help our clients realise significant and genuine benefits in the rail sector.

If you’re interested in simulation and visualisation solutions to help improve your rail projects’ stakeholder engagement, engineering planning and decision making, training, communication and more, then we encourage you to sign up and visit Agility3. Click here to register for the event.

For more information, please contact us via info@agility3.co.uk or call us on 01438 488066.

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Agility3 win MS&T Magazine “Up and Coming” Organisation Award!

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Today, the winners of the “2017 Industry Simulation & Training Awards” for MS&T Magazine have been announced and we’re delighted to have been selected as a winner in the “Up and Coming” organisation category. Take a look at the full list of awards here.

MS&T is a leading publication that focuses on the areas of modelling, simulation and training in the defence industry. Despite us having an extensive background in defence simulation and training, Agility3 is a young company and we’re thrilled to be given such high esteem and recognition by the industry.

We are very proud of the work we do in the defence industry, working with some great companies such as BAE Systems, QinetiQ, MBDA and Inzpire, helping them to develop high quality training and simulation solutions for our armed forces.

For more information please feel free to contact us via info@agility3.co.uk or call us on 01438 488066.

The 6th Year of Agility3 – the biggest yet?

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Once again, as we stepped over the threshold into July we at Agility3 celebrated our company birthday, you may have seen via our social media pages that we treated ourselves to a HTC Vive! It was a special occasion after all as this time we turned the big 5 and we move into our 6th year of operations!

It’s crazy to think that it was a year ago that we had just moved into our new farm office. The past 12 months have flown by and have been as busy as always working with existing and new clients. Throughout the year we have tried to keep you up to date with what we’ve been up to via our Twitter and LinkedIn pages but, in case you’ve missed any of it, here are a few highlights.

Project: Virtual 3D Greenwich Environment

Customer: TRL

One of the big projects we delivered earlier in our company year was the virtual 3D environment of the Greenwich Peninsula that we developed for TRL as part of their £8 million autonomous vehicle project, GATEway. The highly realistic virtual environment was used within TRL’s DigiCar driving simulator as part of an investigation into the way that humans behaved when sharing the road with autonomous vehicles. The results of this fascinating trial can be seen here along with our own case study on the project which you can view here.

Project: GHOST

Customer: DSTL, as part of an Inzpire-led team

GHOST is a virtual representation of a human which learns and unlearns alongside its live host, providing immediate support to those delivering training, improving training performance and providing decision support at multiple levels. In Phase 2 of this innovative and exciting project we developed GHOST to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 in the niche area of Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training and demonstrated its value in a very successful trial at the Defence Simulation Sensor. Take a look at the project summary here.

Project: “VirtuRail” 3D Visualisation Application

Customer: Transport for London (TfL)

Following the initial delivery of the “VirtuRail” application prototype for TfL we have been working on a number of enhancements. “VirtuRail” creates an immersive real-time 3D representation of a railway using the inputs and outputs from TfL’s Railway Engineering Simulator (RES). The enhancements we have been working on include the ability for users to edit RES data through the application and addition of new rolling stock models.

Project: Virtual 3D Environments for Driving Simulation

Customer: AutoSim


We are delighted to have been working with the innovative Norwegian company, AutoSim, for whom we have now delivered a couple of virtual 3D environments for use within their driving simulation software. One project consisted of 12km x 4km urban grid road network which was used by Leeds University in a truck driving simulator for research into the safety of cyclists. We also produced a generic Thailand driving environment including urban, suburban, countryside and mountainous regions.

As you can probably expect, all of that and more has kept us very busy indeed and the upcoming 12 months are sure to be no different with some exciting plans looking forward. We have several new projects in the pipeline, including an Innovate UK project titled WindTwin that will increase the ease with which wind turbines can be monitored, inspected and maintained using a “Digital Twin”. Alongside that, we are in the process of creating a new company website to show more of the work we do and we have several ongoing research projects in the areas of Virtual Reality, 3D visualisation and virtual environment generation. So, it’s sure to be an exciting year ahead – stay up to date with what we’re up to by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn and feel free to get in touch via our office number, 01438 488066 or email info@agility3.co.uk.

Agility3 are looking for a part-time freelance Project Manager

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We are looking for a confident and experienced project manager to manage our part of an exciting and innovative research and development project. This role is expected to last until December 2019 and is expected to require between 1 and 4 days per month. You will be working with a small team and there may be the opportunity for additional work and to use your expertise to help grow the company in other areas.

See the following link for further information: Part-Time Freelance Project Manager wanted

If you are interested in this role or to find out more please contact me at david.turner@agility3.co.uk


Case Study: Greenwich GATEway Project for TRL

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Requirements of the Client 

The GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project is an £8 million project being carried out by TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and innovation. The main aims of the project are to understand and identify ways to overcome the technical, legal and societal barriers of implementing automated vehicles (AVs) in an urban environment.

One issue that was highlighted by TRL was that there is a lack of knowledge of how human drivers might respond to the presence of automated vehicles in the driving environment. In order to address this TRL looked to conduct a simulator trial within their life-size driving simulator to investigate driver behaviour and perceptions when encountering AVs in an urban environment.

As a result, TRL required a realistic and accurate virtual 3D environment of the Greenwich Peninsula that participants would drive around during the simulator trials. The virtual environment, close to 2km2 in size, was required to give a level of detail that created the impression of driving the real environment with participants being able to recognise the area and key features within it. Therefore, all aspects of the virtual environment, including the road layouts, signage, traffic lights, street lights, vegetation and buildings had to be modelled with great accuracy.

Agility3 Approach to Development

The first stage of the process involved Agility3 putting together a highly-detailed proposal setting out how the project would proceed not only from a technical perspective but also from a management perspective. Agility3 described to TRL how they would adopt an incremental and collaborative approach to development and management. This included sprints of development with regular staged releases alongside review meetings to ensure all parties are happy with the progress being made and to allow TRL to provide feedback and Agility3 to give advice and suggestions. Having been very happy with the proposal, TRL awarded the contract to Agility3. Subsequently, a project kick-off meeting was held to supplement the proposal and to ensure that there was complete understanding by both parties as to how the project would proceed.

As with all of their work, Agility3 used their expert knowledge and industry leading commercially available tools to develop the virtual environment. In this case, the main tools utilised were the Creator tool from Presagis and 3D Studio Max from Autodesk, which enabled the development of the OpenFlight format 3D model required for integration with the simulator software.

In addition to this, various forms of data were sourced to ensure that a high level of accuracy was achieved. Such data included:

–          Vector data to define kerblines, building locations and dimensions.

–          LiDAR data to accurately model parts of the Peninsula that were more built recently and were therefore not included in other forms of data.

–          Aerial photography to help with measurements and for additional reference against the other data sources.

–          On-site photography was conducted to help create the highly realistic visuals of the area within the virtual environment. This was particularly             important for the highly recognisable buildings such as the O2 Arena, Blackwall Tunnel and Emirates Cable Car.

Agility3 began by developing a section of the environment small in size but including all the different types of content to be included throughout the whole environment such as vegetation, roads, buildings, traffic lights, street lights and signage. This was then presented to TRL at the first of several review meetings and agreed as a reference for how the various elements would be developed throughout the rest of the environment.

Agility3 then split the rest of environment into a number of development sections which were worked on in incremental phases with development being shown at the subsequent review meetings with TRL. During these review meetings Agility3 would take on feedback from TRL and would also give advice and suggestions in return to ensure that the finished environment would be the best possible quality. This meant that there was a very collaborative approach.

The incremental development phases and subsequent reviews continued until a final delivery was made by Agility3 containing the entire completed environment ready for use within the simulator trials.

Outcome of the Project

The quality of the finished delivery of the Greenwich Peninsula was something Agility3 were very pleased with having met all of the needs of TRL and achieving the very high level of detail and accuracy they were looking for. This was especially pleasing having come across a couple of issues in the development process, such as inconsistencies with data sources. Agility3 were able to work around and overcome these issues whilst still achieving the same detail and accuracy.

Client Feedback

TRL were extremely pleased with the delivery and the overall development process that the project went through. The virtual 3D environment of the Greenwich Peninsula exceed expectations and helped them carry out their simulator trials, the results for which can be seen via this link.

Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL and Project Lead on GATEway said

“Our requirement was for a 3D model of the Greenwich peninsula to use in a driving simulator study as part of the £8m government and industry funded GATEway project on automated vehicles. We were pleased to award this challenging task to Agility3 after they provided a very clear proposal that detailed what they would produce, how they would produce it and clearly articulated how they would manage the process – and all within our time and budgetary constraints. The model produced was of a very high standard, working perfectly in our real-time driving simulator and enabling our trials to be completed on schedule. Throughout the process, Agility3 offered clear and consistent communication on progress and a responsive, collaborative approach producing results that exceeded our expectations. I would not hesitate to work with Agility3 on future simulation projects.”

Agility3 support TRL trials of innovative new junction

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One of several projects carried out by Agility3 for TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, this project involved the development of a 3D model which accurately presents an innovative Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) junction layout proposed for Strathpine Road in Brisbane, Australia. This area experienced high levels of congestion and the DDI junction is seen as a potential solution to ease traffic, however, the efficiency of this new layout required lots of trials and testing.

That’s where the Agility3 3D model came in. The model was required for use within an Australian University driving simulator, to conduct trials to explore how road users would react to the new road lay out. Thus, to allow for accurate and useful results, the model had to be highly representative of what the road users would see once development of the real interchange had been completed. Using our 3D modelling expertise and CAD data as a reference source Agility3 achieved this to a high level of accuracy for all elements of the road layout including road markings, cycle lanes, barriers, signage, traffic lights and more.

Simon Wilson, Senior Software Engineer, TRL commented:

Agility3 provide accurate 3D modelling that is instrumental in our driver behaviour research. Having this degree of modelling sophistication allows us to provide a better service to our customers and bring us one step closer in pioneering future transport.”

For more information contact Agility3 on 01438 488066 or email info@agility3.co.uk