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La. DOTD Researchers Develop New Virtual Method to Help Save Lives

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The Department of Transportation and Development announced recently that researchers at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center’s Transportation Training and Education Center predict a new virtual training method they developed will help save lives.

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LTRC – TTEC developed a new computer-based training program similar to that utilized in gaming systems to teach highway maintenance workers basic flagging procedures.

“National work zone safety information data shows that since 2003 an overwhelming 5,771 individuals were killed in construction work zones in the U.S.,” said Sherri H. LeBas, DOTD secretary. “Through innovative teaching solutions and utilization of new technology, we are able to combat these statistics and help better equip our employees for success in their work place.”

LTRC – TTEC researchers evaluated this new technology and used Web 3D technology in an immersive virtual learning environment (IVLE) in which participants saw themselves as computer representations (avatars), performing the required procedures and interacting in the simulated work zone using the knowledge they obtained through the lecture portion of the course.

The program specifically taught DOTD highway maintenance workers basic flagging procedures by simulating real-world highway maintenance work zones.

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