803 Exploring the Efficacy of Virtual Reality for Training Centers of the Future
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Thursday, June 27
With VR simulation we have the opportunity to revolutionize how equipment operators are trained, qualified, and even certified with industry agencies. Practical hands-on training and qualification assessments of operators of heavy equipment represent high-cost workforce development activities for employers due to several factors, including unavailability of equipment and scarce instructor resources. Self-paced virtual reality equipment operator solutions have become so close to the real machinery that augmenting portions of the practical training and qualification process is now available. But are they effective?
In this session you will explore the findings of a study undertaken by Serious Labs, FMI, United Rentals, and IUPAT to better understand how VR simulations could impact training for equipment operations and other industrial/construction content. You’ll uncover their findings from an extensive public literature scan, and direct feedback from industry stakeholders and subject matter experts. You’ll also look at what this research showed about the overall efficacy of VR simulation training for their fields, as well as how to develop a new series of measurements for operator and skills training. Whether you work in heavy equipment training or other fields, the results of this study can help you better show the value of VR simulations and how they can fit in to the training centers of the future.
In this session, you will learn:
- How we developed ROI through fact-based research on the efficacy of our virtual reality training approach
- What public literature and industry stakeholders/subject matter experts say about the efficacy of VR training
- What went into our new series of measurements for operator and skills training
- How VR training fits into training centers of the future
Designers, developers, managers, senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.), trainers
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Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
John M. Burcaw, strategic initiatives coordinator, is responsible for developing, managing, and optimizing external relationships between the Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI), the International Finishing Trades Institute (IFTI), industry stakeholders, and advancing the interests of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), its members, and affiliates. Before this position, John spent close to 12 years as an IFTI apprenticeship and training representative responsible for the coordination and implementation of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) training programs throughout the central United States.