Technology Lunch & Learn: Making Safety Training Safer with Virtual and Augmented Reality

Technology Lunch & Learn: Making Safety Training Safer with Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Start time:

    May 7, 2019 @ 12:00pm

  • End time:

    May 7, 2019 @ 2:00pm

  • Registration fee:

    Member: $25

    Non-Member: $50

  • Location:

    Carpenters Health & Welfare

  • Address:

    1811 Spring Garden Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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  • Contact:

    Angela Hendrix   215.568.7015    Send an e-mail

  • Description:

    Embracing technology will change the way we build in many ways, safety being just one of the them. Aircraft pilots learn to fly through simulations for years and doctors are learning how to operate on patients that way too. As an inherently dangerous industry, construction can adopt virtual and augmented reality to make training safer and even better prepare our workforce for unique or challenging jobsite experiences.

    Creating simulated scenarios on jobsites allows employees to experience the immersive, hands-on training before stepping foot on a construction site. Training can be tailored for nearly all construction activities and through real-time visualization technology, workers will not only be familiar with the site but will be competent in the safety practices in place.

    Join the GBCA for a panel discussion with Shawn MacDonald, Safety Director for Superior Scaffold, and Daniel Stein, Product Manager of Virtual Reality for NextWave Safety, as our moderator Rob Smith, Supervisor of Instruction from the Carpenters NJ/MD/DC Apprentice Training Funds runs us through how Superior Scaffold and NextWave Safety are making safety training safer!

    The discussion will be followed by question and answer, as well as hands-on demonstrations in both virtual and augmented reality.

    Lunch will be provided.  



    Presenter Bios:

    Shawn MacDonald - SAIA Acredited Instructor, Safety Director, Superior Scaffold Services
    As the Safety Director for Superior Scaffold Services, it is my job to train workers to become Competent Persons in Supported and Suspended Scaffold. Virtual Reality training allows the trainer to simulate a realistic scenario at heights, without risking the safety of the trainees, or the instructor.

    Robert Smith, Supervisor of Instruction, NJ/MD/DC Apprentice Training Funds
    Rob is currently, the Supervisor of Instruction for the Northeast Regional Council Apprentice Training Fund.  In this role, Rob is working to create a first class, common core apprentice curriculum for each of the KML Carpenters apprentice trades, using best practices of contractors, product manufactures, training centers experiences, technology and Carpenters International Training Fund resources.  Rob is a 26-year union carpenter from Philadelphia. Rob has worked on projects in the field in the Tri State Area as a Foreman, General Foreman and Project Superintendent, most recently as Project Superintendent on the Fashion District of Philadelphia -35 million-dollar AMC movie theatre.  Previously, he worked for the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee of Philadelphia as an instructor, scheduler and grant coordinator for 11 years. Rob has a Vocational education certificate from Temple University, is an OSHA 500 certified instructor and a LEED Green Associate.  Rob has worked to win awards of over 3 million grant funding and 1 million in donations to aid the Philadelphia JAC training budget. Rob is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, ice hockey player and USA Hockey certified coach of 25 years.  Rob currently resides in Aston, PA with his wife MaryAnne and two sons, Robert and Ryan.

    Daniel Stein, Product Manager, Virtual Reality, NextWave Safety Solutions
    Daniel Stein is a Product Manager for virtual reality at Next Wave Safety Solutions.  He works with subject matter experts and a team of artists and developers to design, create, support, and promote virtual reality safety training.  Daniel has worked in the VR industry for the past 5 years and holds several certifications in the industries he creates training for (including construction safety, industrial powered vehicles, active shooter instruction, and defensive driving).  Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in history from Skidmore College.

    Space is limited, so register today!