Publications / 2002 Proceedings of the 19th ISARC, Washington, USA

Equipment Operator Training in the Age of Internet2

L. Bernold, J. Lloyd, M. Vouk
Pages 505-510 (2002 Proceedings of the 19th ISARC, Washington, USA, ISSN 2413-5844)

Considering the established needs for operator training in the construction industry and vastly improved data communication using Internet2, the feasibility of an effective Internet based training system for backhoe operators is increasing. This paper presents ongoing work on a prototype system designed with the idea that eventually any electronically controlled backhoe can be adapted and connected to the Internet. Experimental tests have shown that 3-D, real time video in combination with force and sound feedback provide a data-rich control environment for the trainee. This paper also discusses how the availability of force and spatial position data can be used for running an online training program that provides the user with a series of structured tutorials and practice sessions. System features of a Virtual Coach might include the haptic feedback featured in the prototype system, depending on its demonstrated relevance to training efficacy, as well as digitized verbal information, including instructions, commands and real-time advice.

Keywords: training, skill assessment, information technology, motion control, construction equipment