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Is Virtual Reality a Disruptive Innovation When it Comes to Safety?


6/5/18 12:00 pm to 6/5/18 1:00 pm CDT

Event Description

We all want to continue to advance the safety of our industry. At the core of safety is the role of training in proper use of access equipment. Technology can fundamentally change the way training is offered. VR and augmented reality are here to stay, and just as simulation has become the norm in aircraft training, it will transform training for equipment operators as well.

Virtual Reality has finally arrived in the heavy equipment environment. How do we measure its efficacy for training operators?

United Rentals, IUPAT and Serious Labs, working with FMI Consulting, will share some of the discoveries in their foundational research examining the efficacy of VR for operator training.


John "Jay" N. Bowman, FMI Managing Director, Research

As a principal with FMI, Jay Bowman assists a broad range of stakeholders in the construction industry, from program managers and general contractors to specialty trades and materials producers, with the identification and assessment of the risks influencing the strategic and tactical decisions they face. In this role, Bowman’s primary responsibilities include research design and interpretation, based on developing an understanding of the context within which these organizations operate. These draw upon many of the research services he oversees, including market sizing and forecasting, buying practices and preferences and competitive behaviors and response.

Publications to Bowman’s credit include FMI’s annual U.S. Markets Construction Overview, “Influencers in Construction,” “Assessing Your Alternatives: Should we expand the business?,” “Incorporating Customer Perceptions in Strategy Development” and “Conditions Ripe for Increased Use of Program Management.

Bowman earned his master of business administration degree from East Carolina University. He received undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia in risk management and insurance. Prior to joining FMI, he worked with Aon Risk Services in Atlanta, Georgia.


Alan Ferguson, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.

Ferguson covers worker safety for Safety+Health.




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