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Interactive Safety Training: A Technological Tool for Fall Protection on Construction Sites

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Construction Division Technical Session 4: Capstone, Safety and Beyond

Tagged Division

Construction Engineering

Page Count

30

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https://peer.asee.org/30698

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72

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Melissa Lynn Hrivnak Ohio State University

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Melissa Hrivnak has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education and a Master's in Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. Melissa worked as a Math Teacher for two years before deciding to go back to school. During her time as a Master's student, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Department of Engineering Education teaching the Introduction to Engineering series for incoming freshmen. Melissa's passion lies in teaching safety and the procedures that are associated. The ideal career for her would be as a building inspector. This way she can both teach and help enforce proper safety.

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Sheena Nastasia Marston Dynotec Inc

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Sheena Marston field engineer at Dynotec Inc, in Columbus, OH and is working towards gaining work experience to gain her P.E. license. Her background includes studies which resulted in attaining a MSc degree in Civil Engineering, B.A degree in Architecture from the University of Technology, Jamaica and a B.Sc in Construction management from Ohio Northern University.

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Lisa E. Burris Ohio State University

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Lisa Burris is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at the Ohio State University. Dr. Burris’ expertise lies in the areas of cement and concrete optimization, durability of construction materials, forensic evaluation of structural and material deficiencies, and infrastructure construction and repair best practices. Dr. Burris holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has over a decade of experience in construction materials research.

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Fabian Hadipriono Tan Dr.Eng. Ohio State University

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Fabian Hadipriono Tan has worked in the areas of construction of infrastructures and buildings, failure assessment of buildings and bridges, construction accident investigations, forensic engineering, ancient buildings, ancient bridges, and the ancient history of science and engineering for over 40 years. The tools he uses include fault tree analysis, fuzzy logic, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

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Abstract

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, yet the way individuals in the field of Civil Engineering are tested on their acquired knowledge has stayed relatively stagnant. Written tests on paper have evolved to tests on the computer, but this is just the start to a vast array of possible future testing methods. Additionally, people crave the interaction which technology provides, thus to ensure that individuals are getting the most out of their learning, we must embrace technology and move testing to the future.

Due to the familiarity with technology and daily game play, a tool focusing on fall protection on the construction site was developed using Unity. It focused on investigating the ability to increase users understanding of safety procedures, while testing knowledge proficiency. Portraying the importance of safety through this tool could be the key to lowering accident and death rates on the construction site. This will also be a means to improving individual’s understanding of what constitutes a successfully safe construction environment, while satisfying the craving for technology.

The assessment of the effectiveness of this tool was evaluated through a survey taken by undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors/academic instructors at The Ohio State University, as well as by professionals in the field. Testing gauged three items: errors in the tool, effectiveness as a learning tool through the level of interaction and engagement, and potential for expansion to multiple safety topics as an alternate testing format. Ideal results of the assessment include viable interest in the tool through engagement and ease of use. Simultaneously, the tool is geared towards seeking improvements for further development as a potential technological advancement for teaching and evaluating construction skill proficiency.

Hrivnak, M. L., & Marston, S. N., & Burris, L. E., & Tan, F. H. (2018, June), Interactive Safety Training: A Technological Tool for Fall Protection on Construction Sites Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30698

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