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Operator Feedback Support: digital assistance in training excavator equipment

Monday, 25 October 2021
One person can only see so much. A sensor, though, can record a lot more. A helpful tool when it comes to machine operator training.

SOMA College (the biggest construction equipment operator training center in the Netherlands) faced a challenge: how can one instructor observe five or six students at the same time, with each student operating a large machine?

Farid Vahdatikhaki, assistant professor in the University of Twente, was triggered. “A sensor-based feedback system would be able to see much more and provide better feedback.” Together with a PDEng researcher, Armin Langroodi, he designed and developed a Feedback Support System for the training of construction equipment operators.