Applications of Visualisation Technology in Construction Safety Training: A Preliminary Review

Zhang, P, Cheung, C and Hou, L 2019, 'Applications of Visualisation Technology in Construction Safety Training: A Preliminary Review', in Proceedings of the 35th Conference and Annual General Meeting (ARCOM 2019), Leeds, United Kingdom, 2-4 September 2019, pp. 396-405.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Applications of Visualisation Technology in Construction Safety Training: A Preliminary Review
Author(s) Zhang, P
Cheung, C
Hou, L
Year 2019
Conference name ARCOM 2019
Conference location Leeds, United Kingdom
Conference dates 2-4 September 2019
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 35th Conference and Annual General Meeting (ARCOM 2019)
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 396
End page 405
Total pages 10
Abstract The construction industry is a hazardous industry and characterised by high number of workplace injuries and fatalities. Research evidence indicates that risk factors such as a lack of trade knowledge and skills, inadequate understanding of risk controls, and low level of safety awareness can contribute to workplace accidents. This highlights the importance of training in assuring that workers competently perform work tasks by adhering to health and safety requirements. The conventional way of developing safety knowledge and compliant skills is to attend classroom-based training on safety procedures and related codes of practice. However, such a training approach has long been questioned about its effectiveness due to low level of engagement and lack of opportunities to practice in a real site scenario. Emerging visualisation technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and gaming environments seem promising to overcome the limitations of traditional training approach. Researchers have attempted to develop various visualisation technology-enabled training systems or approaches to enhance training effectiveness. A study is being initiated to systematically review literature to examine the status of visualisation technology-enabled training approaches in construction. This paper reports the preliminary results from a pilot study. The results indicate that the application of visualisation technologies in safety training is still in the early stage. Existing applications primarily have focused on hazard identification and specific work tasks, but haven't considered broader contextual factors (e.g. construction types, training needs in project lifecycle), pedagogy (e.g. learning methods), learners' characteristics (e.g. experience, skills), etc. A four-dimensional framework is suggested in this study to provide directions for future research in applications of visualisation technologies in safety training.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) safety
training
visualisation technology
worker skills
review
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