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Darius is a Civil Engineer working at Jacobs, a leading global professional services firm delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With a talent force of more than 80,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction. Jacobs’ BeyondZero® Culture of Caring is about making sure each employee helps to build a safety culture that extends beyond their daily tasks.
Darius joined the industry five years ago, yet his engineering career started over 20 years ago. He was building houses and planning cities in various video games since he was eight years’ old. Three years ago, Darius got involved with Virtual Reality development and started bringing his engineering projects to this new medium to provide stakeholders with an immersive experience of the planned projects before they were built.
The most recent project was a research on Virtual Reality application for health and safety training in the highways industry, delivered on behalf of Transport Scotland’s Innovation Fund. Darius developed a virtual reality highway worker safety module allowing future trainees to experience how hazardous the highway environment truly is from the first person. Trainees immersed in the Virtual Reality can see a busy highways site, hear the noise that surrounds them and have a freedom of movement and interaction, so they could make mistakes safely.
The Virtual Reality model was used in collaboration with local training providers and combined into their regular classroom training activities to increase the overall effects of the training. Last year this Virtual Reality training module won the Highways Award for Site Safety Initiative. Darius will share the story of how this model came to life.