MindForge Update IV / by Stokes McIntyre

I hope goes well with you. We’ve had a busy couple of months since our last update.

We are focusing our curriculum efforts on three modules that will launch as part of our pilot in Q1 2018. We will work on these modules concurrently. 

The three modules are Working at Heights, Hazardous Energy Sources, and Signal Person Training. 

Working at Heights and Hazardous Energy are part of the core curriculum for Construction LifeSaver. Signal Person Training is a stand-alone product that will prepare Users for both OSHA and NCCCO certification as well as apply CLS safety best-practices through a library of hazardous scenario lessons. All three products will be accessible via our training library, MindForge. 

We’ve contracted with a behavioral design firm - MadPow – to architect the CLS curriculum plan. MadPow conducted our behavioral research and it only makes sense that we take the next step with them to design our curriculum.

If we were designing a house, the curriculum plan would be our master plan and the Working at Heights module would be a room in the house. The CLS curriculum plan will indicate how the curriculum will flow, how much training will be required and the training frequency needed for maximum retention and mastery.

Once the curriculum plan is complete, MadPow will then dive into the Working at Heights module and develop the specific content for that module. One of MadPow’s deliverables will be a template for creating the rest of the CLS modules. You can review the MadPow scope of work here. 

While we are working with MadPow on the Curriculum plan and Working at Heights module, the MindForge VR Studio will be working on the Signal Person Training product. Signal Person Training is a Virtual Reality simulator that trains workers from basic to advanced levels by performing the physical actions and guiding Users through true to life hazardous scenarios. Through our Signal Person Training product, workers will learn basic signals, train for compliance-based certifications, and gain in depth experience as they are guided through life-like scenarios. Our goal is to train the frontline worker in a way that will prepare them for the multitude of hazards, conditions, and environments that can lead to SIFs on the worksite.  

We’ve contracted with consulting firm Safety Training and Compliance (STC) to provide on call subject matter expertise as we develop our training curriculum for both CLS and Signal Person Training. STC comes highly recommended by the ACIG Safety Team. STC’s scope of work will include:

  • Defining end state worker behavior.
  • Defining key content to include in program.
  • Assist in the development of a teaching approach that supports content.
  • Develop specific and detailed examples of scenarios that demonstrate dangerous situations and how to resolve those scenarios.
  • Review design documents for realism and accuracy
  • Review CLS and Signal Person Training products for realism and accuracy. 
  • Answer questions that arise during the process. 

Research Findings
Our team is working on report that will convey the findings of the safety insights survey. 

Technology Team
The MindForge Unity team has initiated its preliminary build, focusing on Environment design, Vehicle and Avatar design, and motion-capture technology to track a User's head and hand movements as they train in our simulators. They are working out how users will engage in the environment, identify potential hazards, and nullify dangerous scenarios - what we call our “secret sauce”. It’s very exciting to see first-hand how users will be able to interact with equipment and situations in a first person and VR environment. Our simulators are designed to incorporate real world physics that provides Users with an experience that replicates real-world scenarios. 

Here’s one of our developers driving a scissor lift in the VR environment. 


As our Unity team continues to develop simulators for workforce training, our platform team is working on the MindForge system. Because all products will be purchased, updated, and launched via the MindForge application, we are able to track certifications, continuing education progress, and required training for any employee with a MindForge profile.

The MindForge profile has been designed to allow individual workers to upload outside certifications (OSHA 10, NCCCO, etc.), input professional skills, and highlight trade specialization. From a company level, this means an employer will have the ability to query their workforce for skills, trades, and/or certifications as well as assign and track required training – all through the MindForge app!     

SAM stands for Safety Assurance Method and it’s also the name of the avatar that will guide users through our curriculum. The MadPow research indicated that front line workers prefer to be taught by a mentor on the job. We intend to mimic the experience of on-the-job mentorship and Sam helps us do that. Sam will speak to the user - providing explanations, pointers and encouragement. Below is a peek at SAM. Through SAM, we will offer Users direct mentorship of best-in-class safety training.


Title Change for Shahin Aftabizadeh
Shahin joined IRMI as a project manager for the Construction LifeSaver project. Since joining in January, Shahin helped to build the foundation for what will be a new Division of IRMI called MindForge. Shahin needed a new title to reflect his growing responsibility. Shahin’s new title is Division Lead, Head of Operations.

New Staff
Hilary Dover joined the MindForge Team as Office Manager. With the addition of Hilary, our core team is in place and we are cooking with fire!