Posted on November 20, 2018
Colas and Immersive Factory, a French start-up specializing in the design of virtual reality training, have co-developed an innovative training module to immerse the Group's employees in a virtual project. A fun approach, designed to safely enact risky situations and raise awareness of one of the main risks of the construction business: crushing by a construction vehicle or a truck.
The training module, which only requires a computer and a HTC Vive Pro VR headset, has been co-built by Colas and Immersive Factory to develop virtual media that is as close as possible to the reality of a construction site. Modeled after a genuine work site in Nantes, France, the initial scenario was enriched by prevention experts and field operatives at Colas. The creation of this module was cofunded nby both partners to enable other companies in the profession to benefit from it and to sharebest practices in safety.
Designed for everyone, regardless of their job position from workers to managers, the virtual reality training program is now included in the Safety Culture induction program for new employees, a specific target for Colas. "Our goal is to remind our employees that safety is the # 1 value of the Colas Group,"explains Philippe Simarik, Prevention, Health and Safety Manager at Colas.
In addition to other safety actions rolled out as soon as new employees arrive in Colas facilities, this module aims to change people’s behavior, helping to pave the way to Group’s zero accident goal. Safety and risk prevention training accounts for more than 50% of the Group's annual training budget.
Colas is a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, is a world leader aiming to promote transport infrastructure solutions for sustainable mobility. With 55,000 employees in more than 50 countries on five continents, the Group performs some 80,000 road construction and maintenance projects each year via 800 construction business units and 2,000 material production units. In 2017, consolidated revenue at Colas totaled 11.7 billion euros (48% outside of France). Net profit attributable to the Group amounted to 328 million euros.