Video game to help construction stakeholders understand new weather-based insurance policies


A new video game is being developed to help construction stakeholders understand new weather-based insurance policies.

With new ‘smart policies’ in the insurance market that factor in construction projects being halted by heavy rain or high winds, two organisations contacted Glasgow Caledonian University to come up with a solution to help potential customers understand the benefits of the new policies.

A team from the university’s school of computing, engineering and built environment, led by Dr Soheeb Khan, will set out to develop a game which shows how such policies can help stakeholders better manage risks related to weather, settle claims faster and overcome some of the limitations associated with more traditional insurance policies.

GCU said that the game, which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will show risk in different scenarios related to the construction industry for the stakeholders involved – adding that it will create an ‘engaging experience’ which will help the player make a more informed decision when taking out an insurance policy.

Dr Soheeb Khan commented, “The majority of video games produced are for entertainment. However, their application can be beneficial for various sectors and disciplines in conveying information, simulation and education.

“This project brings together a range of disciplines and expertise that do not commonly work with each other in order to provide an innovative solution for a real-world problem.”