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German University Uses VR to Simulate Worksite Accidents

Friday, November 4, 2016

Construction workers may soon be able to walk through a job site and explore potential hazards without ever putting themselves in any real danger.

Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have begun using building information modelling (BIM) to recreate the job sites of construction projects in a virtual reality (VR) environment. 

Unlike general safety training, this system can recreate specific job sites. That would allow workers, researchers and other stakeholders to become familiar with the site and any potential hazards without actually putting anyone at risk of injury or illness. 

Given the oft-cited training and skills gap in the construction sector, this tool could prove to be a valuable asset—one that delivers the experience of hands-on training without the innate risks of taking untrained workers to an active job site.

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