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Enhancing the Realism of Virtual Construction Safety Training: Integration of Real-Time Location Systems for Real-World Hazard Simulations

  • Kilian Speiser
  • Kepeng Hong
  • Jochen Teizer

In numerous studies, virtual training for construction safety has been proposed as a promising approach. However, creating realistic training scenarios requires significant resources, encompassing various elements such as sound, graphics, agent behavior, and realistic hazards. Digital Twins have revolutionized this process, and although so far, on a conceptual level only, significantly reducing the associated workload, it is still not exploiting its full potential. In this work, we propose a novel approach that leverages Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) data to simulate the real-world behavior of construction workers and equipment within Virtual Training Environments (VTEs). We aim to create training scenarios with dynamic real-world instead of hardcoded made-up hazardous events. To achieve this, we propose an extension to our Digital Twin for Construction Safety (DTCS) framework that now integrates (a) trajectory data streams of construction personnel and equipment and (b) technical specifications of the construction site work environment, including location and geometry of terrain and surface objects, to simulate real-world hazards in virtual safety training scenarios. Our further contribution is a case study application to explore the DTCS training capacity. Applying a logical filtering algorithm, we can process the RTLS data and ensure that the movements of the workers and equipment within the virtual environment are as realistic and representative as within the real world. This then enables the creation of realistic hazards that trainees can encounter in the training phase. Preliminary results with trainees suggest that the proposed work can have a high potential to enhance the realism of safety training, especially when they need to experience human-machine-related interactions safely. However, further work is required to create more responsive learning environments where the equipment follows real trajectories but also responds intelligently to the trainees' actions. By leveraging real-time data and advanced visualization technologies, we bridge the gap between the physical and virtual realms, enabling trainees to interact and navigate within a realistic virtual environment

  • Keywords:
  • Construction Safety,
  • Digital Twins,
  • Education and Training,
  • Game Engines,
  • Internet of Things,
  • Learning Environments,
  • Mixed and Virtual Reality,
  • Real-Time-Location System,
  • Real-world Hazards,
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Kilian Speiser

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark - ORCID: 0000-0001-8428-8053

Kepeng Hong

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark - ORCID: 0009-0005-0018-0579

Jochen Teizer

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark - ORCID: 0000-0001-8071-895X

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Chapter Title

Enhancing the Realism of Virtual Construction Safety Training: Integration of Real-Time Location Systems for Real-World Hazard Simulations

Authors

Kilian Speiser, Kepeng Hong, Jochen Teizer

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10.36253/979-12-215-0289-3.15

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2023

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CONVR 2023 - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality

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Managing the Digital Transformation of Construction Industry

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Pietro Capone, Vito Getuli, Farzad Pour Rahimian, Nashwan Dawood, Alessandro Bruttini, Tommaso Sorbi

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