College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The emergence of virtual reality has seemingly limitless possibilities in the construction industry. One of the most significant applications of this technology in construction, is its use in virtual reality safety training, as it allows for more immersive and retainable training programs. Construction VR training programs have been developed to allow workers to train in a safe working environment and develop the necessary skills in recognizing hazardous jobsite situations. The purpose of this study is to measure the effectiveness and potential of virtual reality construction training as it compares to traditional industry training through attitudinal research. To this end, a survey of twelve questions was sent out to construction industry members using the Construction Management Advisory Council database to gauge how widespread virtual reality training is, if it is more effective than traditional safety training, and if it should be the new industry standard for construction training. The responses to the survey indicate that virtual reality safety training is still minimally used and not fully understood in the construction industry. A minority of the respondents were familiar with the technology and could not give definitive answers regarding its effectiveness or place in the future of safety training.