A Virtual Reality System for Training Operators


  • Bruno Patrão Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra
  • Paulo Menezes Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra




Computer Simulation, Computer Vision, Human Computer Interaction, and Virtual Reality


This paper presents an immersive system for virtual reality-based training of operators. Recent studies show that virtual reality simulations may be helpful in different fields, namely, industry and education. In this particular case we present a simulator for the training of tower cranes operators reducing their costs and risks. This immersive system integrates real-time 3D computer graphics with other modalities, such as, user pose tracking, stereoscopic head-mounted display, pendant remote controller, physics behaviour, and spatial sound, in order to create a more realistic and immersive experience to the user. The results demonstrate two different simulator setups, one fixed and one portable, where the fixed offer a larger traceable area and the portable can be moved wherever is needed. The simulator is robust, reliable and provides an experience very similar to reality. Furthermore, it is possible to extend the simulation to other types of cranes and different types of scenarios.

Author Biography

Paulo Menezes, Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor




How to Cite

Patrão, B., & Menezes, P. (2013). A Virtual Reality System for Training Operators. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 9(S8), pp. 53–55. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v9iS8.3383