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May 15, 2009 – Valador Develops the 3D Model of the West Virginia Penitentiary for the Mock Prison Riot


Moundsville, WV, May 15, 2009 — Valador developed the 3D Model of the West Virginia Penitentiary to support teams participating in the Mock Prison Riot held annually in Moundsville, West Virginia. Corrections and law enforcement personnel from all over the world converge on the retired West Virginia Penitentiary to participate in classroom instruction, live action training exercises, and test the latest advances in weaponry, armor, and technology.

The penitentiary began operation in 1876 and no detailed blueprints of the prison exist. Because of this, staff at the penitentiary would have to manually measure distances and attempt to verbally explain the layout of training areas so that trainees could attempt to plan training scenarios before traveling to the penitentiary. To solve this problem, Valador used advanced light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology to produce detailed maps of the penitentiary training environments and then integrated these maps into PC game engine technology. The resulting 3D Model of the West Virginia Penitentiary allows users to virtually walk around the penitentiary training environments, take measurements, and get a tactical overview of their surroundings, all from the comfort of their home or office PC.

Valador unveiled the 3D Model of the West Virginia Penitentiary at the 2009 Mock Prison Riot that took place between May 2nd and 5th. Trainees were excited to use the tool to get detailed information about the environments that they were going to be training in.

Michael Wilkerson from the WVHTC had this to say about the software: “It was great having you guys at the Mock Prison Riot. I’m excited that your outstanding work was well received […] I’m eager to see you get the tools law enforcement/corrections need to those that need it.”

A link to the YouTube video is available here.

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