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Professor Sidney Newton; Mr Russell Lowe

Professor Sidney Newton; Mr Russell Lowe

Premier Award Winner 2015
The Situation Engine: Driving Change in On-Site Health and Safety Behaviour Through a Virtual Personal Experience of Safe and Unsafe Practices

Research Abstract

The Situation Engine provides a managed, practical experience of construction using hyper-immersive virtual reality technologies, tailored to individual site settings.  It allows workers to experience potential site accidents; thereby engaging more effectively with them than an explanation and so is more memorable and likely to change personal behaviour on-site.  It provides a fundamentally different learning outcome and assessment tool than is possible using traditional, information-based training methods.

 

This technology delivers the very highest quality of first-person virtual experience available on a range of devices, from iPad to state-of-the-art displays such as the Oculus Rift.  It ensures an authentic virtual presence of exceptional quality based on actual project models.  A key feature is the proprietary system of controls that can freeze or replay a given situation whilst the user moves freely through the space experiencing the same situation multiple times and from multiple perspectives.  Powerful analytics ensure all activities can be registered and conditions adapted dynamically to suit individual users.

 

The business model delivers open-source software and technical capability transfer through in-house training.  The Situation Engine has been implemented successfully in training facilities from Australia to Hong Kong, in both industry and academic settings.

Winner's Bios

Professor Sidney Newton

University of New South Wales, Australia

Sidney is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Associate Professor of Building Economics at UNSW Australia.  He has particular expertise in managing uncertainty and safety education. In 2014, he established NewtonLowe Ltd. with offices in Sydney and Hong Kong to promote the application of emerging digital technologies to the construction and engineering industries.

Mr Russell Lowe

University of New South Wales, Australia

Russell is an Architect and Senior Lecturer in Digital Design at UNSW Australia.  He has particular expertise in visualisation and process modelling.  In 2014, he established NewtonLowe Ltd. with offices in Sydney and Hong Kong to promote the application of emerging digital technologies to the construction and engineering industries.

 

Judge's comments

“The Situation Engine provides an innovative approach to improving health and safety training. It is at the leading edge of current applications of gaming technologies for practical training in the construction sector. Through the use of the Situation Engine, quantitative data can be collected and analysed to help improve the performance of trainees. The judging panel was impressed that it has already been adopted and evaluated in Hong Kong, and was confident that it will be widely adopted elsewhere.”