Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Play2Train: The Virtual Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital Construction

Serious Games challenging us to improve emergency services

Via: Play2Train Open Content Alliance - Construction of the first HOSPITAL REPLICA IN SECOND LIFE

The Play2Train Open Content Alliance (POCA), which is evolving from the Play2Train activities (please find my prior post Play2Train: Serious Games For Emergency Preparedness), represents collaborative efforts to build a permanent self-sustaining archive of open source virtual worlds, including their content and applications, to support public domain emergency preparedness training and exercises.

The virtual content is implemented in the Second Life™ platform, which has allowed to build a sizeable set of virtual environments for emergency preparedness exercises in a fairly short time.

Construction of the virtual Elk's Rehab Hospital

The construction of the virtual Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital has started on a new sim adjacent to the current Play2Train sims.

The Real

The Virtual

The virtual hospital will be used to support the planning of full scale exercises that will take place in May/June next year.

The Real

The Virtual

They will also run exercises in the virtual environment and compare it with full scale exercises in the real world. This effort differs from previous ones in that, this time, they are actually replicating a virtual version of a real hospital.