SCM Globe participated in a proof of concept project for the U.S. Defense Health Agency. We added a logistics dimension to other virtual reality (VR) training simulations. Other VR training simulations simulated treating a wounded soldier at a point of injury (POI); or evacuating wounded soldiers by helicopter or armored personnel carrier to a field hospital or a surgical hospital for further treatment.
Facilities and vehicles in the supply chain model represented the places where medical treatment was administered. Those places had demand for products that were used by people in the other training simulations; products like bandages, blood plasma and stretchers.
When we built the supply chain model we put the entities representing those other simulations in the geographical places in the real world where they were actually happening in a unified medical training scenario. This is shown in the screenshot below. Logistics personnel had to run a supply chain that delivered enough of the right products to the right places to meet demand for those products in the simulations.
We kept track of real-time product usage in the other simulations and whenever the supply chain did not deliver enough products to meet demand, the affected medical training simulation stopped. Then logistics people had to confer with the people training in the affected scenario to better forecast product demand and redesign the supply chain to meet that demand. It provided a level of integrated training for both medical and logistics people that was not previously possible.
See more about this in our blog post “Military Medical Logistics Training Simulations” – proof of concept project for the U.S. Defense Health Agency