In 2014, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) needed to revitalize its forest training centers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Given the incredible risks and logistical challenges when teaching workers to efficiently and safely use tools such as chainsaws, a customized and significant training process was required — but preferably in a manner less dangerous than simply handing the tools over to an unskilled worker. Unfortunately, the actions and behaviors of manually operating a chainsaw are so unique that not providing a hands-on approach was all but useless in many situations.
Unable to Simulate a Physical Chainsaw
Without a chainsaw in hand, it is difficult to convey the proper motions, responses, and physical feelings of a chainsaw. Although reading about the tool and obtaining other prior knowledge could be helpful for background information, such a physical and dangerous task required many hours of hands-on training before a user could become adept with an industrial chainsaw.
Lack of Source Material
Along with the dangers presented by using a chainsaw, an industrial-grade version of the tool is not something that is often utilized, recorded, or even seen outside of the workplace environment. Outside of entry-level videos on the internet, there was not a wealth of film captures for training developers to use or show the key actions of handling a chainsaw.