2020 Innovation Name: Confined Space Entry Training Simulator
Awards: 5th Most Innovative Government, Education and Not-for-Profit Company
In partnership with Deakin University, Melbourne Water designed and built a world first Confined Space Entry Simulator that aims to change the way people perceive mandatory training forever. The simulator provides an engaging way to learn about what good confined space entry preparation looks like, before giving trainees the opportunity to see what it’s like to be lowered by a harness into a live sewer. As they get deeper, the smell and breeze of the sewer is unmistakable before they begin their sewer walk. A team surround the entry person as they enter the virtual sewer. Their job is to constantly monitor the air quality issues, rain radar and maintain communications with the person who’s walking through the sewer. The simulator allows employees to fully experience the confined space of a sewer from the safety of the office.