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UWS, through an innovative collaborative project with Morrison Construction, has been shortlisted in the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year category of the Water Industry Awards 2018. The collaborative project will help develop virtual reality (VR) site health and safety inductions for the company.

Currently being trialled, the site induction VR solution allows users to immerse themselves in a VR environment using googles and hand controllers. Users need to complete three modules as part of the health and safety induction. This allows users to become familiar with a construction site and learn about common dangers and consequences of mistakes.

VR application in the construction industry provides an effective means for health and safety training by helping to raise awareness of on-site hazards and ensure compliance with HSE guidelines, thereby reducing the likelihood of on-site incidents.
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Senior Lecturer in Construction Engineering, UWS

Mohamed Abdel-Wahab continued: "This project is an exemplar of university-industry collaboration for the application of VR. We can only make a difference and change industry’s practice through truly collaborative endeavours such as this."

Morrison Construction Scottish Water Operations Director Stephen Slessor continued: "The development of this cutting-edge learning content system is a good example of the positive impact university-industry collaborations can have to address challenges in construction."

The award recognises commitment to health and safety while demonstrating ‘innovative, robust and high-quality safety management system and evidence of health and safety performance that goes beyond statutory requirements’.

The winners of the Water Industry Awards 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at The Vox, Birmingham on 21 May.

Health and safety is our number one priority at Morrison Construction. We believe that virtual reality can be a powerful tool to improve safety in the industry to enhance existing induction processes. Using this technology users can make mistakes and learn the consequences in a virtual reality setting.
Stephen Slessor, Director Scottish Water Operations, Morrison Construction

Mr Slessor continued: "The development of this cutting-edge learning content system is a good example of the positive impact university-industry collaborations can have to address challenges in construction."

The award recognises commitment to health and safety while demonstrating innovative, robust and high-quality safety management system and evidence of health and safety performance that goes beyond statutory requirements.

The winners of the Water Industry Awards 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at The Vox, Birmingham on 21 May.

Trials of VR Health & Saftey induction system for the construction industry
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