Seoul to provide safety education using virtual reality technologies

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : October 29, 2021, 16:45 Updated : June 23, 2023, 01:45

[Courtesy of the Seoul Facilities Corporation]

SEOUL -- Seoul will provide safety education classes using virtual reality devices at urban construction sites with a high risk of safety accidents. 33 types of accident cases that frequently occur such as falling will be created into virtual classes to raise awareness of safety accidents. According to government data, 390 people died at construction sites in 2018. About 60 percent of fatal accidents were caused by falling.

The Seoul Facilities Corporation (SFC), the capital city's public facility operating body, said in a statement on October 29 that 33 virtual classes that are 10 minutes long each will be provided to construction workers by the end of 2021. The classes will be provided with English, Chinese and Thai subtitles for foreign workers. The virtual reality (VR) safety classes will be provided through VR headsets. Workers will be able to experience various types of safety education through simulated situations.

The adoption of VR-based simulated education content has accelerated in South Korea during the last few years. In September 2021, GS E&C, a major builder in South Korea, partnered with VentaVR, a domestic VR content developer, to develop safety education content using VR technologies to raise awareness about safety accidents. In October, telecom company KT demonstrated its VR-based job education program to help people with developmental disabilities adapt to job environments. KT also teamed up with Pusan National University Hospital in 2020 to develop a VR remote rehabilitation training solution. By combining KT's virtual meeting platform with a video conferencing system, patients could train in virtual spaces such as hammering and pouring cups using remote controls.

In November 2020, Hallym Polytechnic University in Chuncheon some 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) northeast of Seoul joined hands with eight other polytechnic schools to develop VR-based online class content for the first semester of 2021 when the education industry was placing importance on non-face-to-face education to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a strengthened social distancing campaign that regulated gatherings, polytechnic college students had difficulty practicing skills in 2020.
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