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United Rentals, Serious Labs Partner on Virtual Reality MEWP Training

Date: 30-11-2018 / Author: kscally
Jim Colvin

United Rentals is partnering with Serious Labs Inc. to provide virtual reality (VR) MEWP training as part of its blended learning model for operator certification.

This model – new to the equipment rental industry – debuted on Nov. 28 when United Rentals opened its first United Academy training center with VR simulation in Alberta, Canada.


The Ryze SBL (Scissor and Boom Lift) Simulator is intended to supplement actual equipment training by offering a safe, blended learning solution. The virtual reality (VR) software consists of 33 training scenarios, including three 20-minute practical evaluations that meet industry requirements for boom lifts, slab lifts, and diesel rough-terrain scissor lifts. The simulator allows the operator to attempt IPAF and ANSI training requirements in a dynamic environment without risk of physical harm.