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July 19th, 2021

Safety: Soletanche Bachy goes into virtual reality to master risks!

To acquire knowledge and reflexes, nothing beats practice. This is particularly true in the area of safety, where challenging risks enables our teams to better understand them and adopt the right behavior on site.

Therefore, Soletanche Bachy relies on virtual reality: it allows us to reproduce the risks on our jobsites, and then our teams to experience the hazards and good practices in conditions close to the reality, safely! Our employees can thus assimilate the risks and their preventive measures in an instructive and entertaining way, and thus eliminate or reduce the risk at its source.

For several years now, a dozen of Soletanche Bachy subsidiaries have been equipped with virtual reality equipment (computer, mask and joysticks), allowing complete and interactive immersion in the heart of our operations.

There are now 2 scenarios, which confront the participants with several unsafe situations and good operational practices that they must identify:

  • diaphragm wall job site modeled on a real site of the Grand Paris Express project was conducted in 2019.
  • An underground jobsite, which was created in 2020, and allows our staff to move in a tunnel and on a TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine).

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