Using VR for Efficient Training of Forestry Machine Operators

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ConferenceIFIP Journal of Education and Information Technologies, Vol, December 2000.
VolumeNumber 5
Subjectvirtual reality; training; forestry; processing harvester; human performance
AbstractThis paper presents the results of two years of field trials of a 3D graphical simulator of forestry machines called processing harvesters, for the training of students in wood harvesting. It is a comparative study of the results between the traditional training where students go directly from the classroom to real machine operation in the woods in a new VR augmented training. The results indicate that the addition of 25 hours of hands-on VR training increases by 23% the volume of wood harvested and reduces by 26% the repair and maintenance costs during the first month of operation in forest. The use of VR also allowed precise recording and monitoring of the evolution of trainees' performance during their training sessions, showing learning curves that decrease with time for all the defined performance criteria (execution time, error rate and precision). The field trials were held in a training center with four classes of eleven students in wood harvesting and are the first know experiments concerning the use of virtual reality technologies for the training of students in forestry.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number44998
NPARC number5201750
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