Aerial Work Platform

Aerial work platform

Western Joint Electrical Trades Society

Safely Learn New Skills

BSD’s Aerial Work Platform training simulator teaches you how to operate and inspect two types of aerial work platform. 

Learn how to drive a scissor lift or telescopic boom lift in virtual reality before getting into the real machine. Students no longer need to put themselves and others in danger to learn a new skill. 

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Union Training and Innovation Program

This project was made possible through a grant from the Canada Union Training and Innovation Program. 

Western Jets was looking for a solution to improve their training process for aerial work platform machines, such as scissor lifts and skyjacks. BSD worked with the company to develop a custom solution that incorporates a VR simulation and a hardware controller to enhance the realism of the simulation.

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Technology Used

Aerial Work Platform was developed using the Unity 3D game engine with the SteamVR plugin. Western Jets is using an HTC Vive with a Vive Wireless headset and Vive Tracker. The software is also compatible with the HTC Vive Pro lineup. 

The controller hardware was designed with Open SCAD and Autodesk Fusion 360. The controller’s input/output functions are controlled by an Arduino Uno board. 

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This project forced us to learn a lot about physical product design, mapping digital controls to physical devices in XR using the trackers, and to create a robust control method for driving heavy equipment in XR.

On the software side, we also created a dynamic environment that has weather that can be triggered, the ability to assess students in the software. We also designed a modular asset packages that would allow us to create new levels rapidly for future expansion.

unlock a new level of realism for your VR training

custom solutions for any scenario

A software solution will only get you so far. To maximize the potential of a virtual reality training experience, a custom peripheral that matches the real-world machine is your best option. the Bit Space Lab is our hardware design division that handles projects like this. 

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