Virtual Reality Helps Wind Turbine Safety
Updated: May 26, 2021
According to FutureScot, wind turbine technician safety training could be gaining a high tech component. A university-developed virtual reality (VR) game could help save the lives of wind turbine technicians who are at risk of fatal accidents or serious injury without regular refresher training.
The game was created by students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) after a study that found technicians struggle to recall key emergency rescue steps within a month of their initial training and need regular practice to maintain their skill level. The GCU study tested more than 80 wind technicians in the procedural use of rescue kit over a three-month period. It found the average competency levels dropped rapidly within one month of initial training without any routine hands-on practice.
The VR game is designed to be ‘played’ by wind turbine technicians and simulates the key procedures of wind turbine operations emergency scenarios. The VR game could offer a cost-effective and fun way to deliver top-up refresher training, specifically focused on emergency rescue procedures. It is a quick way to offer a visual, hands-on reminder of key emergency steps, without the cost of a life-sized rescue and emergency simulation.
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