(Construction) - Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation has opened a training center using digital transformation technology at a vocational school.
Virtual reality technology is being used to ensure safety on construction sites and to solve labor shortages. The school provides a metaverse environment for performing tasks such as slinging, allowing students to learn construction procedures and experience the work of crane operators.
|Japanese construction company Obayashi uses metaverse for crane operator training|
The VR training system for slinging work in a metaverse has been set up at the training school in Saitama Prefecture. This is the first attempt in the construction industry to use VR for training in slinging operations. The system allows five people, which is required for actual slinging, to work together at the same time.
The system replicates the actual site in the metaverse, and hand signals are given through hand tracking and communication through headphones. After the training in VR, the participants can review the training content on a monitor; by exchanging opinions on areas that need improvement and construction procedures when working with five people, they can understand what they need to pay attention to each other, which helps improve work accuracy and safety.
Workers who experienced the training said, "It is good to learn about examples of failures that cannot be experienced on the job site," and "I can see how I look from the crane operator's point of view. By being able to see things objectively, we can understand what we need to pay attention to, so we can work together more easily.” (2023/03/02)
The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan