VRoad (2018-2020) Erasmus+ Program
Project for the learning through virtual reality applied to roadwork training in European construction industry
Project: Belonging to the European Union Erasmus+ Program, 2018 Call, of the Key Action 2 to the Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.
Project Identification: 2018-1-ES01-KA202-050294.
Duration: 24 months, since October 2018, until September 2020.
Budget: 214.484 €.
Coordinator of the project: Fundación Laboral de la Construcción(Spain).
Partners: GA Consultores (Spain), Formedil Piemonte (Italy), Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria da Construção Civil e Obras Públicas do Sul -Cenfic- (Portugal), BTP CFA INdre-et-Loire (France).
The maintenance and exploitation of road infrastructures, specifically the Conservation and Operation of Roads (COR), is decisive to maintain its viability and extending their useful life. European transport infrastructure is a means to strengthen the social and territorial cohesion of the European Union (EU), with the potential to promote economic development and job creation directly and indirectly.
The availability of a skilled workforce on roadworks according to safety requirements faces the following specific needs:
Training system, based on Virtual Reality, with simulation of real scenarios
In this sense, the European project VRoad aims at tackinling needs for work-based training and hazard prevention in roadwork training, through the development, testing and implementation of a training system based on Virtual Reality (VR), which is a computer-generated scenarios that simulate realistic experiences.
In this way, the partners of the partnership want to reach four key points:
In support of these challenges, the project will have a double objective: to create National Advisory Groups (NAGs) in each country of the partnership, as well as Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and to implement the standard recognition process.
The working methodology will combine qualitative techniques (focus groups) and quantitative techniques (questionnaires and internet surveys) to get first-hand information regarding Health and Safety on roadworks and, in particular, in maintenance roadworks.
Challenges and benefits for industry
However, this European initiative addresses three clear challenges:
The benefits of solving, at least in part, these challenges are:
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