Case Study - Optoma Europe
Case Study
Firefighters tackle real life scenarios with immersive AV
Industry: Public sector: Fire &
Rescue Service
Region: North East, UK
Challenge: In its new state-of-the-art fire training centre, County Durham
and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service wanted to create immersive
interactive firefighting training simulations with various scenarios projected
as huge images.
Installation Company:
Castle Grange Technologies
Solution: Castle Grange Technologies, installed two Optoma ProScene
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EH505 projectors edge blended together to create huge 5.4m wide
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seamless images in each of the four training rooms. Linked to external
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speakers, they provide the sights and sounds of real-life scenarios that
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Durham Fire Service Case Study
Results: Simon Le Monnier from Castle Grange Technologies, said: “The
training simulations provide a realistic and immersive experience that
prepares the firefighters with the kind of incident that they may face on a
The County Durham and Darlington Fire and
Rescue Service (CDDFRS) wanted to create
interactive and immersive training simulations
for members of the service to participate in
firefighting training exercises in its new state-ofthe-art fire training centre.
Bowburn Fire Training Facility is a dedicated
training centre incorporating BA training, fire
behaviour facilities as well as a dedicated
motorway/highway impact training area. It
has classrooms, lecture theatres, an incident
command simulation suite and three fire engine
As part of this new centre, it needed to create a
huge image in each of the classrooms with audio
that would show simulations of various scenarios.
Firefighters would act out their responses to the
training simulations. It was vital that the image
quality was perfect with no shadows cast by
participants for the experience to be as fully
immersive and as real as possible.
In each of the four training rooms audio visual experts, Castle Grange Technologies, installed two
Optoma ProScene EH505 projectors with short throw lenses. These were edge blended together with
the powerful image blending and warping processor, Chameleon GB200 to create a huge 5.4m wide
seamless image.
The imagery is projected straight onto the wall, which was painted with high gain projection paint. The
eight projectors were installed at only 1.8m from the wall to eliminate any shadows from firefighters as
they undertake the exercises. They were linked to external speakers via the audio output to provide the
sights and sounds of real-life scenarios that firefighters may face.
Durham Fire Service Case Study
Type of Solution:
The remaining EH505 projector was installed with a standard throw lens in the main lecture theatre to show videos
and de-brief presentations following the training sessions.
9x Optoma ProScene EH505
projectors with short throw
The 5,000-lumen EH505 projector with WUXGA resolution and powerful image blending tools delivers spectacular
and standard throw lenses. 4x
image quality and outstanding brightness – ideal for the training rooms.
Chameleon GB200. 2x HD300X.
It has multiple lens options, with zoom and focus adjustment to get the exact image size needed, while the wide lens
shift range gets the image exactly where it is wanted. This combination of zoom, lens shift and choice of lens ensured
that installation was straightforward.
All Optoma projectors use DLP technology, pioneered by Texas Instruments. This uses millions of mirrors to produce
high quality imagery which does not suffer colour degradation over time, as sometimes experienced in other projector
technologies. The dust-sealed, filter free design prevents dust and dirt from affecting the system ensuring optimal
image quality with minimal maintenance. With full support for Crestron, Extron, AMX, PJ-Link and Telnet LAN
commands, the projector can be controlled and monitored remotely over a LAN.
Ideal for museum installations, tourism attractions and exhibitions, the Chameleon GB-200 can merge the overlapped
edges of two or more projectors to create one seamless image. It provides a simple and fast solution to an otherwise
Simon Le Monnier: “The training
simulations provide a realistic and
It includes both black level uplift and multi-region colour correction, which makes matching multiple projectors quick
immersive experience that prepares
and easy. In addition, it allows sub-pixel control of the alignment of both images with up to 289 individual points of
the firefighters with the kind of
adjustment on each projector enabling use on both flat and curved surfaces.
incident that they may face on a
complicated and labour intensive procedure and has two channels, so a single processor can serve two projectors.
Durham Fire Service Case Study
The Chameleon can also be used for stacking, when a project needs higher lumens. Stacking overlays images from
multiple projectors to produce a higher brightness.
An Optoma HD300X projector was
installed in each of the two smaller
and conjoining lecture rooms,
separated only by a retractable
wall. This solution installed gives
the fire service the option of using
both rooms as one lecture theatre
by retracting the wall. Due to the
precision of the install, the 1,600
lumens of brightness and the
projector’s Full HD 1080p image
quality, the presentation can be
viewed clearly from all angles.
The Results
The new £5.5m state-of-the-art
facility training centre opened in
August 2015. It includes a fourstorey drill tower, a stretch of road
with roundabouts and junctions
to simulate car crashes, training
rigs to demonstrate how fires
behave, animal rescue trenches, a
drill ground, breathing apparatus
teaching area and an auditorium for
lectures and presentations.
Durham Fire Service Case Study
The imagery and audio of burning buildings
and other scenarios in the training rooms
create an immersive experience for the
firefighters who can act out their roles close
to the wall without it affecting the visuals.
They communicate with the control room
via a screen and camera to create a similar
scenario as they would encounter in a real
These facilities will not only be used by CDDFRS incident commanders but also by Durham Constabulary, which
will use the Hydra Minerva suite to train and test their senior police officers in a range of incidents simulated via
a control room on site.
Simon Le Monnier, Electrical Engineer at Castle Grange Technologies, said: “The simulations are incredibly
realistic and impressive. The imagery is brilliant, bright – and big! As the firefighters are so close to the wall whilst
they run through the incident, it is vital that the image quality is perfect.
“The training simulations provide a realistic and immersive experience that prepares the firefighters with the kind
of incident that they may face on a call-out.”
Stuart Errington, the Chief Fire Officer, said: “This new training centre will provide our firefighters and incident
commanders with the facilities, conditions and challenges that they need to ensure they are equipped to respond
to and manage an ever-expanding range of incidents.
“The centre will also be available to organisations and businesses keen to use the facilities for their own training
and courses.”
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