World first electrical safety training simulator receives federal funding


Melbourne Water Scott McMillan and Associate Professor Ben Horan at Deakin University virtual reality training lab. Souce: Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water and Deakin University’s CADET Virtual Reality Training and Simulation Research Lab are set to accelerate the development of a world first electrical safety training simulator.

The research project has received financial support from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), which invests Commonwealth funds in industry-led manufacturing research and development.

The collaboration will produce an industry-ready immersive system which uses cutting edge virtual reality technology and robotics. The technology will give users a ‘real life’ safety training experience that matches the stress and pressure found in workplace emergency situations.

The project team will work with a number of industries, regulators and authorities to identify and address any electrical safety training gaps as they develop the technology.