The CLEM7 was the first road tunnel in Australia to use Virtual Emergency Simulation Training (VEST). Using a controlled virtual environment and simulation activities, VEST provides for immersive and participatory adult learning. With a unique realistic quality, participants can be tested in real time with visual and auditory stressors in a safe manner. VEST can save a life, save time and reduce costs.
The IT platform supports disaster preparedness and response ensuring major muscle memory is activated during high pressure scenarios. VEST bridges the gaps of other training formats. It provides a link between a Desk Top exercise and a Field Exercise. It also possesses the flexibility to allow single and multi-agency responses. From Control Room Operators, Response Crews, senior management and public emergency rescue agencies, all stakeholders have the ability to collaborate and provide a unified response.
Cost and time savings
To simulate an overturned vehicle in a field exercise requires days of training and practice to ensure a safe training environment exists. The design of Safe Work Method Statements, the need to avoid manual handling and the need to identify and implement environmental risk treatments can be cumbersome and time consuming. A simple click of a button in the virtual world allows an overturned vehicle to appear before an avatar in first or third person view. The immersive and interactive environment that VEST provides allows the responder to open the vehicle doors, climb inside and triage an entrapped occupant with visual and audio stimulus replicating a true and accurate scenario.
The limitation of a VEST scenario is only bound by the limitation of your imagination.
Brett will be speaking on ‘How to improve & maintain competency in staff’ at the Tunnel Operations & Maintenance Conference, taking place in Sydney in February 2017. Book your place by December 2nd to save $500 on ticket prices.