Readiness of Forklift Operators to Train with Serious Games

ID: 48578 Type: Full Paper: Case Study
  1. Pieter De Villiers, TELIT, North-West University, South Africa
  2. Seugnet Blignaut, North-West University, South Africa

Tuesday, June 28 2:00-2:30 PM Location: Pavilion Ballroom C

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Abstract: Driving simulators have increasingly become the preferred method of training as it provides a risk free training environment for people and equipment. Development of simulators is costly as they comprise multiple virtual reality technologies. We aim to develop a cost-effective virtual reality forklift training simulator serious game for forklift operation training. Trainees could first-hand experience different dangers related to the operation of a forklift like overtipping, incorrect load balance, or the consequences of dropping hazardous materials such as chemicals or combustible materials. We collected and qualitatively analysed data from seven local certified forklift operators in training on their previous training experiences, as well as their perceptions on the use of a virtual reality forklift simulator game. The participants agreed that the simulator would teach them the different dangers when operating a forklift, as well as increase their confidence in using a real forklift.


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