• Augmented Reality Safety Initiative

    Master Builders NSW recently launched its Working at Heights Initiative supported by SafeWork NSW. The initiative was launched on Friday 19 February 2016 by Mr Peter Dunphy PSM, Executive Director – SafeWork NSW.

    It is particularly designed to reach younger workers in the industry who may lack the necessary experience when working at heights. Workers under 25 years of age account for 20 percent of work related injuries. In order to engage with younger workers, Master Builders has used the medium of Augmented Reality (AR) to convey the working at heights safety message.

    In order to experience the Master Builders augmented reality safety initiative, simply download the ProViS AR app and scroll to the MBA NSW icon. Point your device’s camera at the elements on the poster, which then launches the relevant content, module or Code of Practice. Features include a number of graphic falling from heights scenarios and 360 degree immersion experience on a building site that serves to outline potential hazards and drive engagement in the training process. Literally hundreds of pages of information and image can then be accessed. Mr John Hutchings ProVisual CEO, has worked tirelessly and closely with the MBA NSW in the development of the (AR) experience that includes the use of Computer Generated Image (CGI) technology at the MBA launch. John delivered an interactive presentation on the content of the poster and the numerous windows and pathways that the interactive poster can offer. The experience is accessed via platformed based technology that enables the content to be changed almost instantaneously, allowing the provider to upload content as it happens.

    Ashley Schulz 2015 MBA Apprentice of the year displayed how easy the AR experience was to use, by connecting her own smartphone to the app, projecting her selected pathway through the AR poster to the audience via two large screens. This further supported the ease with which the app can be used.

    Motivational Speaker, David Crawford, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, Team Safe Coordinator, delivered an inspirational presentation captivating the audience's attention with his own experience drawing the focus to the importance of and the serious nature of working at heights, faced everyday within the Building and Construction Industry.

    Master Builders Association of New South Wales would like to thank all those involved with the development, delivery, coordination and attendance at the event, which was a resounding success in a bid to raise working at heights awareness to the younger Building and Construction Industry workforce, through technology they use every day.


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