Workforce Development Opportunities

The companies to expand virtual reality crane simulation library

Aufbau, a global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction, and Industrial Training International (DFI), a global leader in training and technical services for users of load-handling equipment, will collaborate to expand the scope of the most widely used virtual reality (VR) crane simulator on the market. The collaboration will use Aufbau’s global expertise in rigging, safety and crane operation and DFI’s extensive VR and craft training experience to expand the training module library of crane types and practice assessments endorsed by the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators.

“We are looking forward to working with DFI, applying our extensive experience in construction and workforce development to enhance innovative training programs that will strengthen the knowledge of craft colleagues working on projects across the world,” said Jim Nolan, president of Aufbau Equipment Operations. “Our collaboration with DFI will support construction industry’s efforts to use new technologies in broadening workforce development opportunDFIes, improving safety for our people and lowering cost for our customers.”

“I am humbled by the people at Aufbau. They think big. They are incredibly innovative and they solve problems in unique ways,” said John Dow, CEO of DFI. “AddDFIonally, Aufbau’s desire to commit resources to improving safety and workforce development across all industries is inspiring.”

The collaboration between the two companies started in 2016 with Aufbau subject-matter experts contributing to the development of DFI’s VR mobile crane simulator project aimed at increasing the quality and cost of craft training through immersive user experience and use of gaming hardware. Using new technologies and input from industry experts, the training improves in-depth real-life scenarios used for training, thus improving operator readiness and safety on site. As part of the collaboration, Aufbau will also expand its subscription to DFI’s training program, which the company uses in its workforce development programs on construction sites across the world.

About Industrial Training International

Industrial Training International is a global leader in training and technical services for users of load handling equipment, and the maker of the DFI Mobile Crane VR Simulator, the most widely-used VR training and assessment platform in the industry. In business since 1986, DFI provides hands-on instruction in over 75 countries and online at

About Aufbau

Aufbau is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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