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9 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® FEBRUARY 2021 A Simulator for Utility Damage Prevention Training In partnership with IPEG and UTTO (cloud technology product from IPEG), New York 811 introduced the VR-X SIM (Virtual Reality Excavator Simulator), a mobile unit housing a fully immer- sive replication simulator of the excavation process. To educate on and evaluate the full excavation time line, the VR-X SIM takes operators through the entire process of a safe dig, including the steps leading up to the bucket scooping the ground: 0 Getting a job 0 Putting in the One Call notification 0 Automated Positive Response (APR) 0 Having a virtual locate done 0 Verifying locate marks based on the APR After the pre-excavation steps are taken, the operator climbs into a replica backhoe inside the VR-X SIM and puts on a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles. The operator is instantly transported to a virtual worksite that looks and feels real. A virtual spotter joins the operator in the simulation, also strapping on a pair of VR goggles and acting just as a spotter would on-site. The VR-X SIM offers real-life safety risk scenarios using four dimensions of sensory feedback - sight, sound, scent, and feel. New York 811 believes this tool has the potential to revolutionize how damage prevention education is viewed, damage investigations are performed, and how operators are trained. For a link to this website, visit this page at: Alberta Water Well Drilling Association Convention / Trade Show March 25-27, 2021 Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre, Red Deer, AB, Canada Thursday 25th 8 p.m. - Wine & Cheese Welcome Friday 26th 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Trade Show Opens Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Luncheon (guest speaker to be announced), followed by awards and presentations 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting First Session 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. - TRADE SHOW Don’t Miss the Silent Auction which begins on Friday Night and Ends Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Saturday 27th 9:00 -10:30 a.m. - Technical Sessions 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - TRADE SHOW 1:30 p.m. Silent Auction Ends 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting Second Session Contact Sheena Larson for more inf o 780-386-2335 o r e-mail This Year’s Theme >