VR GLASSES SHED NEW LIGHT ON SAFETY

Safety is and remains a top priority at Actemium. Mark Cosijn: ‘For years we have been using video and presentations to make staff aware of safety issues. But we wanted to go a step further: not just pass on information, but really teach new behaviour as well. With Virtual Reality (VR), that became possible, because it enables us to imitate realistic situations. What is more, thanks to VR we can make the training interactive and provide feedback immediately on incorrect or unsafe actions.’

Cooperation between business units

Mark goes on: ‘The development of the VR training courses is a great example of how the Actemium business units cooperate. When you work together, you achieve more. For example, because you can bring down the development costs. We have worked together towards one common goal: to improve the safety and awareness of our colleagues.’

Topics

The business units decided together which safety topics should be covered. The topics are as follows: electrical safety, measurement and control techniques, a mechanical scenario and a high-voltage scenario. In the first quarter of 2019, the business units will be able to get to work with these four VR training courses. Another three topics will be added later in 2019. These are: housekeeping, traffic and working at heights.

Results

Dirk Wuyts: ‘It’s great to see how the VR training courses are catching on with the staff. The experience has far more impact than with instruction videos and presentations. In addition, we hear that staff who have followed a VR training course encourage their colleagues to follow suit. This alone shows you that awareness of safety is increasing. At the moment, we are looking into the possibilities of making the results of the VR training courses really measurable, too.’

Out in front

Mark: ‘Of course, ours is not the only company that is developing VR training courses. But I would go as far as to say that we are out in front. Most VR training courses do not go further than providing a 360° image of certain situations. We have added the interaction and direct feedback as soon as a staff member does something unsafe. That makes the learning effect and the impact of our training courses far greater. And yes, we are proud of that!’

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Then watch our video below or contact Mark Cosijn or Dirk Wuyts

VINCI Energies acquires SE Contracting

VINCI Energies, the VINCI subsidiary specializing in energy, and information and communication technology, has acquired SE Contracting the 29th of November. The company is specialized in Mechanical Construction and Piping for process installations. It proposes innovative technical solutions for the storage, dosing, measuring, mixing and distribution of liquids. The company was created in 1976, has its headquarters in Eke near Ghent and employs 40 people.

SE Contracting is active in various sectors. Since the 1970’s we have been active mainly in the food sector, but also in the chemical- & textile sector and paper & cardboard. A thorough process knowledge and the creativity of our own engineering department is a solid foundation in our projects”, says Luc Eeckman, Manager of SE Contracting. “The integration within VINCI Energies Belgium will enlarge our customer base and is an important step in our further development.”

“The acquisition of SE Contracting is part of our growth strategy. It means an important reinforcement of our position in the above mentioned sectors. We are always looking for synergies with our existing activities and this acquisition is therefore a perfect addition to the knowledge and expertise we have with Actemium in the Food & Beverage sector. It will enable us also to enter new segments such as meat, vegetables and frozen food industries”, explains Marc Lemaire, Managing Director of VINCI Energies Belgium.

SE Contracting will remain an autonomous company within the Industry & Software Solutions division of VINCI Energies Belgium.

“Our mission is to be a partner of our industrial customers in optimizing their production equipment and to guide them in the transformation towards Industry 4.0. Thanks to the complementary expertise of SE Contracting, we will now, even more than before, be able to be a unique partner for our customers offering totally integrated solutions”, says Luc Clabout, Managing Director of the division Industry & Software Solutions of VINCI Energies Belgium.