Murdoch University researchers in Singapore will be revolutionising training in the construction industry by developing virtual reality safety training in partnership with global firm McConnell Dowell.
The three modules developed by the Singapore Centre for Research in Innovation, Productivity and Technology (SCRIPT) will help to enhance safety for construction workers who are working over water, at heights and in confined spaces.
SCRIPT researchers will also be involved in assessing the impact of these novel training tools which could eventually be used on construction sites around the world.
Murdoch University Pro Vice Chancellor Transnational Education Peter Waring said the benefits of this kind of training were significant.
“The evidence suggests that learner motivation is enhanced through gamified virtual reality,” Professor Waring said.
“It also allows workers to learn in an applied context which mirrors their working context but in a risk-free virtual reality environment.
“We also believe that costs of safety training will be reduced through this training methodology.”
Part of SCRIPT’s role will be to assess learning impact and the effectiveness of transfer of knowledge using this approach.
The project is likely to take a year.
McConnell Dowell is a leading construction firm with offices and large construction projects throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.