Our UK Key Account Manager, Bob Summers reflects on his visit to see East Midlands Trains’ new training room.
“It’s always best to recreate a training environment as accurately as possible so that the trainee’s experience is as true to the workplace as possible.
East Midlands Trains are no stranger to Forbo Flooring and our range of carpets and vestibule matting for trains, and even our electrostatically flocked flooring, Flotex is familiar. It was digitally printed Flotex that got their attention for one of the new training rooms at the Derby Academy site.
Dave Stannard at EMT asked “Can we have a printed Flotex carpet of a real platform, so that we can use it as an actual training aid” The idea being if we could represent the entire platform area it could be a great addition to the training room and also identifiable as a future workplace.
It took a while to capture the digital images, which were taken at several rail stations to represent a true and accurate representation of a platform edge – even chewing gum was photographed to add realism!
The end result really was quite amazing. I visited the EMT Academy on 28th March and was taken aback by the quality of the image and how it was being used by EMT.
Dave Stannard was also very pleased with the end result and added that it really did add to the atmosphere during training.
The next job is to create a driver simulator unit using more Forbo Flooring to represent a drivers cab and seating area, on the promise that I get to have a go on the simulator at some stage, I’ll let you know how that goes.”
The original article can be found here.
I Know!! The bricks are actually digitally printed on our textile Flotex carpet product. Amazing clarity and depth. I didn’t believe it at first either.