Safer and more efficient Crane Operators through VR Training

Through VR simulation, both new and experienced operators can practice virtual scenarios in a safe, scalable, and environmentally friendly manner. The world's leading provider of road-based material handling equipment has now taken the lead in the industry by incorporating the latest VR technology into their customer training offerings, thanks to the HiSkill solution.

Ideal conditions for Virtual Operator Training

Training with Virtual Reality and other XR technologies offers numerous advantages as complements to traditional learning methods. However, reaching the point of replacing hands-on practice is often challenging due to the difficulty of replicating essential maneuvers realistically using hand tracking or controllers.

In Hiab's case, the conditions are perfect. HiSkill provides a realistic training environment where the control system, CombiDrive3, is fully integrated with the VR simulator developed by byBrick and Hiab. This integration delivers a virtual training experience that closely mirrors operating an actual crane.

Just like in real life, the trainee stands beside the truck and operates the crane. Hand gestures enable the trainee to move within the environment, while instructions are conveyed through both spoken and visual cues.

By enhancing practice and repetition opportunities, Hiab's customers can achieve:

- Safer and more confident behavior among crane operators, leading to fewer accidents and damages to cargo during deliveries to and from sites.

- Reduced CO2 emissions by utilizing virtual training environments available anytime, anywhere.

- Improved average productivity of crane operators due to the expanded practice possibilities.

A Shortcut to Certification

The VR simulator also includes modules that allow operators to practice the tasks required for the standard American NCCCO certification. Operators can rehearse the various tasks needed for NCCCO certification repeatedly before taking the actual test, which currently only permits physical equipment usage.

In collaboration with customers, tailored courses are developed to enable training in specific scenarios that their operators need to be familiar with.

The instructional approach within the simulator is founded on providing users with clear visual directives on the tasks to be carried out.

Emphasis on optimization

The mobile VR technology employed in the simulator eliminates the need for cumbersome on-site equipment and provides the freedom to practice in any environment.

byBrick's VR team boasts extensive experience in simulating machinery and had previously created a simulator showcasing Hiab's HiVision system, garnering attention from Microsoft among others.

HiSkill is built on the Unity3D platform and was initially designed for Oculus Quest, later adapted to the latest standalone VR devices.

Creating advanced simulations for mobile VR devices requires substantial model optimization to ensure hardware can maintain a high framerate, crucial for a seamless simulator experience.

”Recent generations have significantly improved mobile VR devices, and many are surprised by how realistic simulation feels despite limitations. Our cross-platform approach enables us to keep up with advancements and ensure our clients' investments endure over time.

- Daniel Eriksson, CTO of byBrick's RT3D-team.

A New and Scalable Revenue Stream

By training their operations in the VR environment, operators become comfortable with the equipment, learning to drive more efficiently and safely. Making novice mistakes is harmless, and students' progress can be quickly and automatically assessed.

These customer values and proactive VR investments have enabled Hiab to expand its aftermarket offering with an entirely digital product, offering substantial potential for future development.

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