MindForge Update No. 15 / by Stokes McIntyre

Happy 2019! We’ve got a lot going on at MindForge, so here are all the highlights:

Platform:

You might recall from some of our recent newsletters that we’ve been working on adding a number of features to the MindForge Platform. We are happy to share that these new features are now available! We have integrated Wistia video-hosting to make uploading and watching videos through MindForge much simpler. We’ve also made it possible to create courses with multiple media assets (see video), so you can add videos and documents into a single course.


You also now have the ability to create Collections by grouping together multiple courses that you can then assign to your team (see video).

With the new functionality in place, it’s a good time to jump in and start familiarizing yourself with all the MindForge Platform has to offer. Keep in mind that you may build your company profile on mindforge.studio at no cost.

Mobile:

We continue to push toward a beta release of the MindForge App on iOS. This release will allow workers to register with MindForge, create their profile, upload images of their certification cards, and add their skills. Look for updates about when you can install our first release of the app.

Here are some screenshots from the app:

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CLS Safety Awareness:

Our team continues to make great progress on CLS Safety Awareness. Here’s a video to show you a slice of what we’ve been working on. This is the OODA Loop simulator for our Excavations lesson. It starts with the user putting on PPE; then it goes into a safety huddle led by Sam - our virtual trainer. After that, the user finds themselves on an active excavation site, where they must use their OODA Loop to find and mitigate several hazards. The goal is to get the user in the habit of running the OODA Loop anytime they step on site. Take a look:


Currently, we are working with Hotbed Media to edit our new video lessons, we’re refining our existing OODA Simulators, and we’re designing new simulators for further training. We also recently began developing a desktop version of CLS Safety Awareness after receiving feedback that some companies would like to mediate the training through a PC-based experience. We will keep you updated on further developments there.

We are targeting a release of CLS Safety Awareness through the Apple Store and Google Play in Q2 of this year, so get ready to rev up your awareness and build your OODA Loop skills this Spring!

CLS Signal Person Training:

The next phase of CLS Signal Person Training requires us to branch out from just teaching hand signals. In order for our training to fully certify signal persons, we must also teach voice signals, audible signals, and signal person qualifications and requirements. As a first step, we have begun creating a voice signal proof of concept in order to test voice-capture technology and see if it will allow users to give voice signals in a VR setting. It’s an exciting challenge that we are eager to take on.

Remember that you can go through the hand signal portion of CLS Signal Person Training at any time. We’re looking for feedback of any kind and would love to know what you think. If you need help accessing the training or getting set up on the Oculus, contact Stokes at Stokes.M@IRMI.com.

CLS Working at Heights:

We are churning along in our development of new training products. In addition to CLS Personal Fall Arrest Systems, we have begun designing several other courses to address hazards associated with working at heights. In the works are:

  • CLS Ladders

  • CLS Guardrails

  • CLS Scaffolds

  • CLS Leading Edges

  • CLS Holes

  • CLS Falling Objects

  • CLS Aerial Lifts

More details to come as we build these courses out.

Other News:

Building software and training is one thing. Implementing that software and training in a complex work environment across numerous stakeholders and having them actually use it is another. To address the challenge of adoption and implementation, we’ve kicked off a project with Emerson Human Capital. Emerson will deliver a change management strategy and a step-by-step plan that will help us guide our customers through a streamlined adoption process that maximizes the opportunity for success. That means MindForge users will see benefits sooner, which if all goes according to plan, means more efficiency, fewer incidents, better quality output, and lives saved.

We also recently launched a project with Software Pricing Partners to help create a licensing, packaging, and pricing model for the platform and our training programs.

Lastly, we want to give a big thank you to Pankow in Pasadena, California, for inviting us out to onboard them onto the MindForge Platform. We look forward to visiting with Pankow on January 24.

As always, thanks to everyone for your support! We’re very fortunate to have such a great group of Design Partners behind us.

Sincerely,

The MindForge Team