Plantworx, the UK’s largest working construction machinery exhibition in 2019, will host a fully interactive construction ‘Simulation Zone’ to highlight the latest virtual reality technology and training opportunities.
Located in the Indoor Arena, the zone will comprise six state-of the-art simulators to replicate a real working construction site.
Each simulator will represent a construction machine, such as an excavator, wheel loader, tower crane, dozer or an articulated dump truck, all of which will be connected.
Participants will be invited to work together on the simulators to complete tasks on the virtual construction site.
Spectators will be give the opportunity to wear oculus rift headsets to join the virtual world as bystanders and a number of 80-inch screens will project live feeds from the simulators and their operators.
Virtual reality technology is seen as a way of making the process of training new plant operators easier and safer by removing the trainee and instructor from a site as well as removing the transportation costs associated with moving large pieces of machinery.
The UK construction industry has a shortage of plant operators and the use of virtual reality in training is also seen as a way of encouraging school leavers to think about it as a potential career.
Plantworx, which is due to get even bigger with the introduction of a dedicated section for the rail industry called ‘Railworx‘, will be held at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, from June 11-13, 2019.
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