ForgeFX Simulations is a custom training simulation software development company. Founded in 2002, ForgeFX develops high-quality custom interactive 3D simulation and visualization software products for clients across a wide array of industries.

Interview with Greg Meyers, CEO & Co-Founder at ForgeFX Simulations.

Easy Engineering: A brief description of the company and its activities.

Greg Meyers: Our training products, employed by industries including national defense, healthcare, pharmaceutical, insurance, mining, construction, and transportation, produce measurable improvements in trainee engagement and knowledge retention. Leveraging high-fidelity 3D graphics and modern game engine development tools, ForgeFX provides virtual and augmented reality application development services for clients who are looking to distribute interactive simulation-based training solutions, as well as machine learning development services applicable to a variety of different business processes.

E.E: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

G.M: The main areas of activity are the development of mixed reality (AR/VR) training simulators, that help our customers enhance their training programs to overcome the business challenges they face. We produce digital replicas and twins of our customers’ products, procedures, and processes, that are layered with a training curriculum that empowers users to do in-depth training, with virtual elements. We leverage game engine technology to produce and deploy our training simulator software applications, oftentimes integrated with real-world physical hardware to deliver a simulation station that delivers muscle memory training as well. 

E.E: What’s the news about new products/services?

G.M: There’s always news about our products and services, here are the latest 3 news stories:

The latest news about ForgeFX Simulations is that we’ve partnered with Meta on an international campaign to publicly demonstrate the impact of mixed reality on the training for the trades. 

Prior to that, ForgeFX Simulations and MRIGlobal partnered to deliver an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Training Simulator to the JPEO-CBRND, a division of the US Department of Defense. This interactive 3D virtual training simulator is designed to instruct CBRND personnel in the remote operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from within a Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV).

Prior to that, ForgeFX Simulations and MRIGlobal partnered to develop an augmented reality CBRN detection device training simulator for the JPEO-CBRND, a division of the US Department of Defense. This simulator is designed to provide first responders and warfighters with the best possible training to identify hazardous materials and situations accurately.

Greg Meyers, CEO & Co-Founder at ForgeFX Simulations

E.E: What are the ranges of products/services?

G.M: Our products and services are leveraged by our customers’ training, operation, sales, and marketing departments. We work for customers across a wide range of industry sectors, everything from construction, to mining, to defense, to air transportation. We produce simulation-based products that allow our customers to produce better trained operators, assess operators’ skills, increase safety in their production facilities, reduce the use of expensive consumables, increase access to training, and reduce damage to real-world physical equipment. Our products are employed by organizations to deliver highly impactful immersive experiences to their employees, that help them rapidly become familiar with the domain-specific material their job role requires them to learn. Our developers work directly with the subject matter experts from our customers’ teams to collaborate on the development of training simulators that leverage the latest advancements in simulation-based training technology and the subject material for which our customers require training simulation software.

E.E: What is the state of the market where you are currently active?

G.M: The state of the market is exceptionally healthy and active. The pandemic ushered in a true paradigm shift regarding simulation-based training, distributed training, and distance learning. The true value of being able to offer training to individuals that removes many of the risks of physical training is seen as a tremendous value, especially as the costs of real-world consumables continue to rise. The spatial computing industry is also reaching a maturity level, where the horsepower of consumer devices is capable of running advanced simulation technology, while the cost for these devices is within range of corporate budgets to deploy at scale. The overall market for AR and VR training simulators is thriving and expanding rapidly. With advancements in technology, there is an increasing demand for immersive and interactive training solutions across various industries, including construction, healthcare, and manufacturing. Companies are recognizing the significant benefits of AR and VR training, such as improved safety, enhanced learning experiences, and cost-effective training methods. As a result, there is a growing investment in these technologies, making the market highly dynamic and full of opportunities for innovation and growth.

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

G.M: The market trends for AR and VR training simulators are highly promising and evolving. One major trend that cannot be ignored is the growing emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to create more adaptive and personalized training programs. AI and ML algorithms analyze data from user interactions to tailor training experiences to individual learning styles and paces, making the training more effective and engaging. This customization helps address specific skills gaps and provides real-time feedback, enhancing the overall learning process. Moreover, AI-driven analytics allow for continuous improvement of training modules by identifying common challenges and adjusting content accordingly. This ensures that training programs stay relevant and up to date with industry standards. The integration of AI and ML also enables predictive analytics, which can forecast potential skill deficiencies and proactively suggest training interventions, further optimizing workforce development. Incorporating AI and ML into AR and VR training simulators not only improves the quality and efficiency of training but also demonstrates the cutting-edge innovation driving the industry forward. This trend is expected to grow as technology continues to advance, making AR and VR training solutions more intelligent, responsive, and effective in meeting the needs of modern enterprises.

The simulation training market is also experiencing a significant transformation with the advent of mixed reality (MR) devices, which combine elements of both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). These devices are enhancing training experiences by overlaying digital content onto the physical world, creating immersive and interactive learning environments. Mixed reality allows trainees to interact with both real and virtual objects, providing a more comprehensive and contextual understanding of complex tasks. This capability is particularly beneficial in fields like engineering, healthcare, and manufacturing, where hands-on experience is crucial. The integration of MR devices in training programs not only improves engagement and retention but also enables more effective and realistic simulations. As MR technology continues to evolve, it is expected to drive further growth in the simulation training market, offering innovative solutions that bridge the gap between traditional training methods and fully immersive virtual experiences.

E.E: What are the most innovative products/services marketed?

G.M: There literally is not enough time to answer this question as there are so many innovations we are working on, but I’ll do my best to list a few.

Remote Collaboration Training Platforms: Our networked multiuser training simulator platforms utilize mixed reality devices to enable real-time, interactive training sessions with remote experts and trainees. By overlaying digital annotations and 3D models onto the physical environment, remote trainers can guide and assist trainees as if they were physically present. This is particularly useful for industries like maintenance and repair, where experts can provide instant feedback and instructions, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of training.

Mixed Reality Teleoperation: A mixed-reality-based teleoperation program represents a groundbreaking innovation in remote operations, combining the best of both augmented and virtual reality technologies. This program enables operators to control machinery or robotic systems from a distance, with real-time visual and sensory feedback overlaid onto their physical environment. By wearing mixed reality devices, operators can see and interact with both the real world and digital interfaces, allowing for precise and intuitive control of remote equipment. This technology is particularly transformative for industries such as manufacturing, logistics, and hazardous environments, where it enhances safety, efficiency, and accuracy. Operators can perform complex tasks with greater situational awareness and reduced risk, as they are not physically present in dangerous or inaccessible locations. The integration of mixed reality in teleoperation also allows for better collaboration, as remote experts can provide live guidance and support, further improving operational outcomes.

Autonomous Machine Operation: Digital twins, virtual training simulators, mixed reality devices, multiuser collaboration, and teleoperation are all critical building blocks on the path to developing autonomous equipment, a key milestone on our future development roadmap. Digital twins provide accurate, real-time virtual representations of physical assets, enabling precise monitoring, simulation, and optimization of machinery and systems. Virtual training simulators leverage this data to create immersive, risk-free environments where operators can hone their skills and prepare for real-world scenarios. Mixed reality devices enhance these simulations by blending digital and physical worlds, offering a more engaging and intuitive user experience. Multiuser collaboration platforms enable teams to work together seamlessly, regardless of location, fostering innovation and problem-solving. Teleoperation allows remote control of equipment, paving the way for the eventual transition to fully autonomous systems. Together, these technologies create a robust foundation for developing intelligent, self-operating machinery that can adapt to dynamic environments, improve efficiency, and enhance safety across various industries.

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2024?

G.M: I foresee significant advancements in the industry over the next year. The integration of AI and machine learning will continue to evolve, making training programs more adaptive, personalized, and responsive to individual user needs. Mixed reality devices will become more sophisticated and accessible, enhancing the realism and interactivity of training scenarios. This will drive wider adoption across various sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, and emergency response.

The trend towards remote and hybrid work environments will further accelerate the demand for networked multiuser training simulators. These platforms will enable geographically dispersed teams to collaborate in real-time, offering a shared immersive experience that enhances learning and teamwork. Additionally, advancements in cloud computing and 5G networks will improve the scalability and performance of these simulators, ensuring seamless and low-latency experiences for users.

The development of digital twins will play a crucial role in creating more accurate and dynamic training environments, allowing organizations to simulate and analyze real-world scenarios with unprecedented precision. This will not only improve training outcomes but also drive innovation in the design and operation of equipment and processes.

Overall, the industry is poised for rapid growth and innovation, with emerging technologies driving the creation of more effective, engaging, and scalable training solutions. As these trends continue to unfold, we can expect to see a significant transformation in how organizations approach workforce development and operational efficiency.