Dr. Kapil Madathil, Clemson University
Hal Bernson, AIG
Hazard recognition is one of the most important skills for successful risk management engineers. However, training for this skill is often difficult due to the financial, logistical, and safety restrictions on allowing engineers to visit workplaces during the course of their training. The use of virtual reality (VR) has the potential to mitigate this problem by allowing field engineers to evaluate workplace safety compliance using their own computers.
We have developed a set of simulations designed to teach and train technical concepts related to hazard identification and safety to risk engineers. These simulations consist of a first-person view of a manufacturing plant, a warehouse or an exterior walkthrough where users are tasked with identifying and taking virtual pictures of various safety violations that they encounter. On discovering a potential safety infringement, the user uses a tablet where they could zoom in and take a picture. The user also has the option to attach notes to the picture. The pictures and notes are then combined into a report that is generated at the end of the simulation. These reports can be used by instructors to provide feedback and monitor the success of the training.