All rigging hardware, equipment and loads are represented in photorealistic 3D visuals in Augmented Reality that allows the trainees to learn about rigging inspection and techniques without any risk to themselves or others. The rendering of the rigging hardware is extremely realistic and is based on input from rigging professionals such as Bishop Lifting Products, a leading manufacturer and service provider for crane, rigging and oilfield applications.
The trainees are able to move freely around the scene to inspect the life-size loads and their lifting devices from every angle. In the case of huge loads, several meters high, a slider allows them to virtually move up and down so they can check every detail from top to bottom. Trainees can explore these different hitches in their own homes or offices, on their phone's camera. All four realistic scenarios are innovative inspection tools, empowering them as a rigging inspector.
Training scenario 1: Inspecting steel beam rigging
The steel beam is 8.5 ft (2.6 m) long. By observing the various loads offered, trainees can identify errors in the condition of the rigging equipment or in the way it is used. They should notice, for example, that a non-shouldered eye bolt has been incorrectly used for a straight vertical hitch; that a chain sling leg is shorter than the other one; that using wire rope slings is not appropriate for one of the loads; or that hooks are improperly facing inward.
Training scenario 2: Inspecting pipe rigging
The pipe is made of steel and measures 29 ft (8.8 m) in length. The different cases displayed in AR show a variety of flaws or incorrect hitches, like slings being too close together, inappropriate basket hitch, sling angle under 30°, or the center of gravity of the load being off.
Training scenario 3: Inspecting steel coil rigging
The steel coil measures 6.2 ft (1.9 m) in diameter. Its weight is tattooed on the steel so trainees should pay attention to this key information when checking the sling capacity. Incorrect scenes show the coil hitched with slings damaged by weld splatter, with hooks tied to the coil strapping, or with protection pads missing.
Training scenario 4: Inspecting valve rigging
The valve is made of cast iron and measures 13.8 ft (4.2 m) in height. As its weight is engraved in the iron, trainees who are attentive to details should be able to notice insufficient sling capacity. They should also notice instances where the hooks are not attached to shackles, a round pin shackle is used for angular lifting, or the lifting hook has been recklessly attached to the wheel of the valve.