The induction, which has been developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland with the expertise of 3D animation specialist Animmersion, was launched at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Blantyre.
The induction, set in a computer-generated imagery (CGI) construction site, permits users to immerse themselves in the animated environment as they navigate their way through three modules using goggles and hand controllers.
The modules allow users to become familiar with a construction site, recognize common dangers and complete a simple activity on site, while emphasizing the importance of correct safety procedures.
Morrison Construction Scottish Water operations director, Stephen Slessor said: “Health and safety is our number one priority at Morrison Construction and we believe this real-time learning system can benefit the wider construction sector by enhancing traditional site processes. Using this VR induction allows participants to make mistakes in a safe environment.”
The University of the West of Scotland senior lecturer in construction engineering, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, said: “It is great to see Morrison Construction launching this innovative VR induction. VR application in the construction industry provides an effective means for health and safety training. It helps to raise awareness of on-site hazards and ensure compliance with HSE guidelines, thereby reducing the likelihood of on-site incidents.
“This project is an exemplar of university-industry collaboration for the application of VR. We can only make a difference and change industry’s practice through truly collaborative endeavors such as this.”