Serious Labs provides VR simulator for United

04 December 2018

A Serious Labs scissor lift VR simulator image.

United Rentals and Serious Labs have extended their partnership to provide virtual reality mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) training as a part of United’s blended learning model for certification.

The model debuted on November 28 when United Rentals opened its first United Academy training center with VR simulation in Alberta, Canada. The training center incorporates VR simulation of MEWP operations from Serious labs; VR simulation of crane operations from Industrial Training International; eLearning content that complies with OSHA requirements; and hands on training.

VR simulators provide the ability to practice skills in real-world situations before being tested on actual equipment. Simulators can improve motor skills, critical thinking, and an understanding of training objectives. Real-time data tracks the trainee’s performance and flags gaps that require improvement.

“Serious Labs, United Rentals, and the broader equipment rental industry share the goal of safe worksites and well-trained operators,” said Jim Colvin, CEO of Serious Labs. “We’re pleased to make our technology available to the North American industry as part of United Academy’s best-in-class training methodologies.”

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