Project Name: Construction Safety Training Simulator

‍Public Contact Details

Name Michael Young
Role in the project: Lead
Phone: 0411 243 568

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‍Project Profile:

‍What is the problem or opportunity you are addressing in this project?

The project will develop a simulator for teaching and assessing workplace safety risks on a construction site. The simulation is aligned to a nationally recognised unit of competency in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building).
Using a simulation removes the need for both learners and assessors undertaking mandatory OHS and site induction training and allows learners to experience a high-risk construction site without the potential for injury.
The simulator requires high speed broadband, provided by AARNet and the NBN in order to provide photo-realistic look and to support high speed rendering and screen refresh rates to ensure smoothness. Being network-based, it could be accessed from any NBN enabled site. Using the NBN and AARNet also allows for remote access to the simulation over a wider geographical area, enabling remote learners to upgrade their skills.
Through the presentation of information both aurally and visually the training is more effective and caters for a wider range of learning styles. Built in voice and/or video communications and multi-user environment allows the learners to interact with each other, and also for instructors to guide and provide instant feedback to learners.
This project helps to address the national skills shortage in building and construction and demonstrates that the broadband can deliver engaging and interactive e-learning, that otherwise would not be possible. The project also provides the potential to be applied to addressing national skills shortages in other industries.

‍Who are the learners and how will they benefit from this project?

Traditionally, site safety is taught in a classroom whereby individuals learn about the underpinning principles of worksite safety. Learners then apply these principles through work placements, however, the learners are not sufficiently experienced in translating the theory learned into practice.
In discussions with stakeholders, such as the ACT and Region Construction Industry Training Council, it became apparent that there has been little effort has been expended in examining alternatives that can be supported by technology, even though technology is being adopted readily in the sector.
Most classroom training is undertaken either full-time during work hours, or in 3 hour blocks after hours over 2-3 years. Courses are run in cities and larger regional centres, however, those in rural and remote Australia cannot access such courses. Many learners cannot arrange time off work, or are simply too far away from training centres to access such programs.
Feedback from learners as well as industry bodies, such as the Housing Industry Association and the ACT and Regional Building and Construction Training Council indicates that the traditional classroom environment is not attractive to mature aged learners. In addition, employers also find that classroom-based training does not necessarily translate into the workplace. The proposed project helps to cater for these needs.
New, streamlined learning models are required in OHS particularly given the large training requirement organisations will face as a results of the harmonisation of OHS legislation which will occur on 1 Jan 2012.
Over 50 learners are currently enrolled in the Diploma of Building throughout Australia and are able to test the solution in a real-world setting. All have access to high speed ADSL2+ broadband.

‍How are you currently delivering this training? (ie prior to the project)

Face-to-face training and RPL assessment.

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Monthly Project Update

please complete one or two paragraphs each month to provide an update of your project
Project Update
January 2012
Stage 1 screen shots of simulator
Moodle 2.1 content being developed concurrently.
February 2012
Moodle 2.1 content has been completed excluding some aspects which are dependent on the simulator
Stage 2 screenshots of simulator
Link to simulator
March 2012

April 2012
Simulator game is now complete

May 2012
Currently we are looking for people to complete the unit and have had some difficulty. We have approached our existing learners, and marketed to other organisations. There has been some interest but we have not had a lot of take up.
Reflecting on this we think the issue is to do with the fact that these learners are already working on a construction site so may not see the benefit of learning through simulation.
The simulation learning and assessment tool may be better targeted to school leavers and those people who are fairly inexperienced - or may not have regular access to a building site.
June 2012