3D-gamification universe prevents on-site accidents

Åge Staghøj

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Check – act – learn

That’s the m.o. for Ramboll’s 3D training simulator for construction sites. The simulator works as an interactive copy that can be modelled to replicate any building site and provides users with a guided safety tour of the site. Before even setting foot on the site, all construction workers get to explore the 3D-simulated version of the work environment and complete a number of tasks, to acquaint themselves with potential hazards and avoid real accidents when the work begins. 

So far, the 3D training universe has been used on seven construction projects. In each case, the number of work-related accidents has been reduced by more than 50%, compared to industry standards. On four of the sites, there were no accidents at all. 

Reduce accidents and improve the bottom line 

The 3D simulator utilises gamification to supply a new approach to safety instructions. The idea behind it is that we learn better by doing than by being told. 

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When experiencing the site in a 3D virtual world, users can spot and engage with all the possible dangers and pitfalls, without risk. This makes it a lot easier for the workers to anticipate an accident – and avoid it – when they step onto the real construction site. It also creates a proactive learning process, where the employees take responsibility for ensuring a safe working environment. 

At the construction site for a large-scale hospital in Central Denmark, the new Regional Hospital West Jutland in Gødstrup, the use of the 3D training universe prompted monthly competitions among the employees to come up with the best ideas for creating an even safer working environment. These competitions generated more than 1,700 ideas. 

“The 3D training has helped workers take ownership of their working environment. In addition to reducing accidents and providing a good workplace, it also improves the bottom line,” says Poul Michaelsen, Hospital Director at the Regional Hospital West Jutland. 

For example, the project contractor achieved a 25% time-saving when installing window sections.  After completing the 3D training, employees came up with a new method that provides safer working positions and, as an added bonus, faster installation. All to the client’s benefit.  

A solution with many applications

The approach in itself isn’t new. Pilots, for example, have been doing safety training in simulators for decades. Now, however, other types of jobs can benefit from the idea as well. 

It started as a solution to one specific problem: safety on-site for construction projects. However, the possibilities for application are many. On the Storstrøm Bridge, which is one of the largest construction projects in Denmark, the training has already been expanded to include environmental protection on the site. Essentially, the technology can model any type of working environment and train employees in whatever is needed – in a proactive, effective and engaging way. 

 

”The 3D tool has helped workers take ownership of their working environment. In addition to reducing accidents and providing a good workplace for all, it also improves the bottom line.”

- Poul Michaelsen, Hospital Director at the Regional Hospital West Jutland.

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