At the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Con-ference & Expo in Orlando, CGA proudly unveiled its newest tool for helping members educate the public about the
importance of calling 811 before digging: the 811 Virtual Reality Experience!
For months, a task team of CGA’s Education and Marketing Materials Committee worked with an interactive firm to design a virtual world and fun
educational experience that shows users just how important it is to know what’s below before digging in their yards. Participants have the ability to virtually
install fences, mailboxes, swimming pools, playgrounds and other common DIY projects that involve disturbing the ground.
Expo attendees had a chance to engage with the 811 Virtual Reality Experience at CGA’s booth in Orlando, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Users don a virtual reality headset and earphones, and use two handheld devices to interact with a virtual front yard.
Before the gameplay begins, participants push a big 811 button to request that the approximate location of buried utilities are marked. Once locators clearly mark buried lines, game participants use their handheld controllers to “pick up” and “place” items like mailboxes and playgrounds in their yard – so long as they don’t try to place digging projects too closely to buried utilities!
“The 811 Virtual Reality Experience is a fun and interactive way to educate the public about the importance of always calling before digging.”
The 811 Virtual Reality Experience is a fun and interactive way to educate the public about the importance of
always calling before digging, and it includes a postgame survey to help truly gauge what participants have
learned through playing the game. This incredible tool will be available for CGA members to use at community
and industry events for a standard shipping fee. Please visit commongroundalliance.com for more information about how to bring the 811 Virtual Reality Experience to your next event.