Authors: Derek Pfeffer
Faculty Mentor: Madeline Polmear
College: Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Some studies have shown that virtual reality technology can be successful when implemented into construction and transportation safety training courses. However, since this is only a recent discovery, this new technology has yet to be integrated into national safety training. This research analyzes the current state of safety training in construction and transportation environments as well as the plausibility of implementing virtual reality technology into safety training on a larger scale. To do so, the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s (ATSSA) website was inspected to gather data about existing safety training. Each course offered on their website was analyzed in order to acquire information about the courses’ topics, lengths, formats (online, classroom, etc.), and certifications. The results showed that a majority of safety courses are taught in a classroom setting, which would certainly enable the use of virtual reality during safety training. Now that a solid base of data has been gathered, the next step is to interview different employees and prominent figures in the construction and transportation safety field to build on the data that has been collected. This study aims to explore opportunities to integrate VR into construction and transportation safety training.