The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road team’s innovative use of virtual reality technology has been celebrated at the CIHT North West awards where they scooped the Best Practice award.

Celebrating excellence across the regions highway and transportation sector, the awards singled out the A6MARR’s use of technology in revolutionising the way it briefs staff for praise.

Virtual reality technology is being used to show staff 360 degree tours of the project before they start work on the site.  Provide a briefing on safety, risks they may encounter and the relief road site, the use of this technology means toolbox talks are more engaging for staff.  At the same time, the use of questions within the videos provides a way in which each employee can be easily tested on their learning from previous talks, reducing the risk of accidents and incidents on the project.

The videos can also been use to tell local communities about the risks they would find on construction sites.

By using the virtual reality technology in talks with a local school, the A6MARR team have been able to give pupils a glimpse of what is happening on the new relief road.

The virtual reality technology is just one of the ways the A6MARR team are committed to ensuring best practice across the whole project.