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.
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.