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Start-up releases VR tool for training in high-risk tasks

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ACHIEVR, a Sydney-based technology start-up, has released what it plans to be the first of its virtual reality training products that are geared towards being used in high-risk industries.

The tool allows the individual who is undergoing training to be fully immersed in a simulation of a typical actual work environment. The first product, built for NSW-based registered training organisation Health & Safety Advisory Service, helps students learn skills for directing crane operations.

A total of 146 students have undergone training in 2018 using this VR module.

ACHIEVR co-founder and director Roger Lawrence said: “Long gone are the days of cringeworthy corporate training videos and monotonous online training modules. Virtual reality offers a fully immersive and engaging experience that’s especially suited for training staff in high cost, high risk and high complexity scenarios.

“ACHIEVR’s training solutions enable workers to learn complex skills, such as manually dexterous, spatially aware or empathetic skills, in a way that virtually eliminates risk, accelerates learning outcomes, and improves knowledge retention – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.”

Health & Safety Advisory Service chief executive Robyn Delander said the partnership with ACHIEVR had enabled it to enhance its high-quality training methodology with a risk-free, VR environment for students to practice.

“Much like learning to drive, the transition from learning the theory to sitting in the driver’s seat can be jarring," she said.

"This VR simulation makes the journey a lot smoother, enabling students to get familiar with all of the buttons, switches and dials well before they step into the crane cabin. Students end up with a significantly higher level of confidence when directing crane operations for their final assessment.”

The company, which was started in mid-2017, plans to develop safety and operational training for a multinational food manufacturer, and explore natural language processing and machine learning in VR.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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