There are eight "Simulation Modules" of increasing difficulty, starting with Controls Familiarization. The final modules combine elements of dipper fill at the rock face, and cab-side or blind-side truck loading. A simulated Mining Truck is built right in, to help teach truck spotting interaction. Key "Performance Indicators" measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed.
Bulldozer Personal Simulator
Simlog’s Bulldozer Personal Simulator puts you at the controls of a medium-sized bulldozer (also called “dozer,” “tractor,” “crawler tractor,” “track type tractor”) in a typical construction site.
You can either use your own PC or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the Simlog software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Now use multiple displays to create a field of view of 180 degrees in front, plus one display behind. (You can still use just one display, if space is limited.)
And unique to Simlog, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC!
- Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics, featuring simulated dirt and boulders
- 7 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty
- 20 Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work
- 4 Procedure and Fatal errors to detect incorrect and unsafe operator actions
- Many kinds of USB-ready simulator controls and mounting options
- Support for multiple displays
- Configuration parameters for different pedal arrangements and counter rotation
- Functionality to slow down, or speed up, control functions
- Viewpoints from inside and outside the cabin that can be changed during simulation
- HD Instructional Video for each Simulation Module
- e-book Instructional Companion
There are seven “Simulation Modules” of increasing difficulty, starting with Controls Familiarization and then progressing through Bulldozer Positioning, Boulder Control, Backfilling 1 and 2, Slot Dozing, and finally Spreading. Many different kinds of situations are presented, in order to address the training needs of a wide variety of customers using different operational practices. You can even use the keyboard function keys and mouse controls during the simulation to change the point of view, to present views from outside the cabin e.g. to the left/right and up above, to better “understand” the simulated work.
Simlog’s Bulldozer simulation software can be configured to simulate the behavior of a wide variety of bulldozers. For example, you can use separate pedals for Decelerator and Brake, or just a single pedal that combines both functions, to reproduce the different pedal arrangements found in real bulldozers. You can also activate (or not) “counter rotation” so that when making a tight turn, the two crawler tracks will turn in opposite directions, since this kind of control is typical of some, but not all, bulldozers. You can even set the blade functions to be faster or slower!
Seven Simulation Modules of Increasing Difficulty:
- Controls Familiarization
- Bulldozer Positioning
- Boulder Control
- Backfilling 1
- Backfilling 2
- Slot Dozing
Key Performance Indicators
Key Performance Indicators measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed including execution time, collisions, and criteria related to how well a trench is backfilled, is excavated, etc. With more than 20 Performance Indicators, feedback is diagnostic, instead of just a consolidated pass/fail score.
A variety of incorrect operating conditions will trigger "Procedure Errors", such as driving "out of bounds". Finally, conditions related to safety receive special attention: a forklift overturn condition, or a load falling from a pallet or a shelf, will trigger "Fatal Errors" and the simulation immediately stops.
Simulation results are automatically saved, so trainees can progress at their own pace without trainer supervision. To simplify the record keeping, Simlog offers a database product called Simulation Manager, and the same database can be used with all of our Personal Simulators.
Low Total Cost of Ownership & Quick ROI
Real affordability, that’s how Simlog sets the standard in cost-effective simulation. The fact is, training with our Personal Simulator is a fraction of the cost of training with a real bulldozer, especially considering that even small accidents due to operator inexperience can mean thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime. And the purchase of the simulation software license is a one time fee, to keep the total cost of ownership as low as possible, with no restrictions on the number of people that you can train.
The software license, a one time fee, will pay for itself when you train just a handful of new operators. How? Consider the rising costs of putting a real bulldozer to work with a qualified instructor, the damage and downtime that inexperience can cause, and finally the risk of possible injury. That’s why it just makes sense to prepare new operators with Simlog help. Learn more about reducing training costs and improving training safety by Making the Business Case for your training environment.
Operator Chair for Forklift Personal Simulator
Simlog’s new Operator Chair with industrial controls is a cost-effective way to train bulldozer operators with our Bulldozer simulation software, in a safe and realistic environment. Compared to Table-Top Mounting Brackets, Simlog’s Operator Chair offers a superior simulation experience, thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands. All are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.
There are two Multi-Purpose Replica Controls joysticks along with a recessed USB-ready Replica Controls Pedal Unit. But if you already have a Simlog Operator Chair that you are using with some other Personal Simulator, then you may be able to re-configure that Operator Chair by purchasing additional elements.
- Authentic industrial operator seat, with headrest, air suspension, and seat-belt
- Adjustable seat position (forward/backwards, three vertical positions)
- Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)
- Integrated left and right consoles for the joystick controls
- Fully functional industrial style pedals
- Steel platform with heavy-duty casters for easy portability
There are four possible arrangements, one with a single display in front, one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side, one with three displays in front and a fourth display back and one with three displays in front in portrait mode and a fourth display back in landscape mode.
Operator Chair Specifications
- Overall Dimensions: L 60” x W 34” x H 47”
- Weight: 330 lbs.
- Shipping Dimensions: 67" x 43" x 44"
- Shipping Weight: approximately 550 lbs. One unit per skid, not stackable.
Vibration increases the realism of our Personal Simulators by adding physical (tactile) feedback to the audio and visual, making the experience more “immersive” at little additional cost, especially when compared to a motion platform.
The vibration that you feel is generated from the simulation software’s audio system as things happen. Engine idling, collisions with obstacles, digging virtual terrain, etc. can all be seen, heard and experienced! Adding vibration improves the realism of the simulation and makes the simulator-based training more compelling, encouraging trainees to be more serious and learn more carefully.
For our Operator Chairs, Simlog offers a vibration system that includes the “ButtKicker Simulation Kit” plus special mounting for the operator seat. The “ButtKicker” is a low-frequency sound transducer equipped with its own amplifier and “volume” controller to change the “force” of the vibration created by the simulation software sounds.
If you are a Simlog customer, then you may be able to re-use the simulator controls that you already have, and just purchase the new Forklift simulation software license.
Bulldozer Personal Simulator Replica Controls
Simlog’s Replica Controls for the Bulldozer Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both table-top mounting and Simlog’s new Operator Chair.
Replica Controls begin with two industrial USB joysticks. There are a total of 8 push-buttons for the thumb, plus a trigger, to let you change the viewpoint by looking to the left/right, looking up/down, and by changing the viewing mode during the simulation. The USB electronics are built right into the base, so the joystick can be connected directly to your PC. Simlog also offers table-top mounting brackets to bring the joysticks down from table-top height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cabin of real heavy equipment.
To complete the Replica Controls, Simlog offers a USB-ready Replica Controls Pedal Unit.
If you are a Simlog customer, then you may be able to re-use the simulator controls that you already have. To learn more, please contact Simlog.
There are four common arrangements, one with a single display in front that is wall-mounted, other with three displays in front arranged side-by-side on the table, one with three displays on a table in front and a fourth display on a table in back and one with three displays in front in portrait mode and a fourth display on a table in back in landscape mode.
Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls
For all setups, Simlog’s Custom Travel Case makes transportation easy.
- Made-to-measure, with dedicated slots for levers, joysticks, pedals, steering wheel, and table-top mounting brackets
- Space for a laptop PC, cables, and documentation
- Pull-out handle, with multiple positions
- Wheels (casters)
- Cases are “stackable,” for easy transport.
- Overall dimensions: 30″ x 24″ x 19″
- Approximate weight: 50 lbs. when empty, up to 100 lbs. when full (depending upon the Replica Controls.)
Take students from the classroom to the virtual work-site, as they explore their aptitude, develop real skills and learn safety-conscious habits.
Simlog is the world leader in providing affordable and effective PC-based simulation software for heavy equipment operator training in mining, construction, material handling and forestry. Called Personal Simulators, only Simlog’s products leverage the power of today’s PCs with the variety of USB-ready setup options needed to suit a range of training budgets. With hundreds of training service providers and equipment owner/operators around the world training thousands of people every year, Simlog products have been proven to reduce training costs, increase operator productivity, and help minimize the safety risks associated with operator inexperience.
With Simlog, you’ll find the right kind of simulated tasks, the right kind of task progression, and the right way of evaluating simulated work, thanks to comprehensive Performance Indicators that measure quality and productivity.
How Simlog can help:
- Introduce new career choices
- Evaluate operator aptitude
- Better prepare students for real seat-time
- Bring new visibility to your training program
- Join a world-wide community of leading education professionals
With Simlog, your students will be learning the right way to do things, thanks to “best practices” input from our OEM partners and training professionals just like you. So you’ll find the right kind of simulated tasks, the right kind of task progression, and the right way of evaluating the simulated work. Add Simulation Manager software to track each students results and competencies as they progress through the training.
For additional information please visit www.simlog.com.
Introduce new career choices
Expose your students to a possible career operating heavy equipment, and set them on the path to high-paying jobs. Our Personal Simulators will provide a learning environment that encourages skills exploration, with students learning in a self-managed way. And having fun along the way will foster a completely new attitude toward learning!
Evaluate operator aptitude
Operating heavy equipment requires a combination of “psycho-motor” ability (manual dexterity), “sensory/perceptual” ability (depth perception), and “cognitive” ability (spatial reasoning). Unfortunately, studies show that up to 30% of training candidates don’t have enough and for that reason, can never become fully proficient.
Our Personal Simulators will let you and your students evaluate this aptitude. This is especially important when training programs are over-subscribed, in order to use your training budget as wisely as you can.
Better prepare students for real seat-time
Training at the controls of real equipment is dangerous, and expensive. Operating costs are high, supervisors must be paid, and mistakes mean equipment that is damaged. And there will always be details that are specific to the particular makes and models that you have.
Instead, our Personal Simulators are “generic” and will teach your students core skills, making it easy to proceed to “hands-on” training on a variety of real equipment
And by preparing your students at the controls of our Personal Simulators, the real seat-time training becomes
- Safer, because “accidents” now happen at the simulator
- Better, because students learn to do things right at the simulator, and gain confidence in their operating skills
- Faster, because your students reach their performance targets sooner
- Cheaper, thanks to all of the above
In this way, training costs go down, training quality goes up, and graduates are more employable!
Bring new visibility to your training program
Use your Personal Simulator to promote your training program in your community, and improve your recruiting efforts. Just set things up at local events such as job fairs, or at middle schools as part of “out-reach” efforts, and watch the lineups form!
Join a world-wide community of leading education professionals
Becoming a Simlog customer means joining a growing community of leading educational organizations around the world, all dedicated to improving heavy equipment operator training. Share simulation benchmarks, best practices, and suggestions to help Simlog make our Personal Simulators even better.
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