Simulation Helps Articulated Truck Drivers Increase Safety

Articulated Trucks run a risk of overturning if not operated properly. The oscillating hitch that makes it possible to turn in tight areas also makes it easy to tip over if the operator doesn’t know how to handle the machine. Traditional Articulated Truck driver training relies on putting drivers in actual worksite settings. While hands-on, experiential learning is essential, companies are increasingly concerned about the safety of drivers and worksite personnel. In addition, the cost and potential loss of machinery—at millions—because of an accident; and the potential loss of production dollars, are compelling reasons to have better trained operators.

The reality, though, is that making mistakes is an expected and unavoidable part of the learning process, and mistakes are a real risk to companies and personnel. With simulated learning, drivers have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills using simulation technology — without putting jobsite personnel, machines or themselves at risk. At the same time, drivers gain confidence in their ability to perform applications like loading and unloading, correctly and safely. Simulation allows operators to drive on grades with full loads in the safety of the virtual environment. The simulated truck is located in a construction site scenario, complete with other artificial intelligence (AI) vehicles that respond to the operator/user. The truck is modeled after an actual Caterpillar machine and the environment model is based on a real-world worksite. The operator performs applications in the virtual environment and has the ability to practice and master skills before getting into the real truck. A team of 3D modelers, programmers and physics engineers create the simulation software that runs on a PC connected to one or more large monitors. In order to give the driver/user the most realistic experience in training, controls from the actual machine are integrated into the hardware design along with an actual machine seat. Novice operators can gain valuable knowledge and practice; while experienced operators can refine skills to increase production or change bad habits.

The 3D modelers, programmers and physics engineers work together to make sure that the simulated machine’s physics respond/react realistically to the environment, maneuvers and terrain interaction. Multiple applications like loading, unloading and braking; as well as day and night views and working lights on the trucks allow the drivers to practice training exercises to match any real-world time of day. This creates the most realistic scenarios possible in the virtual environment, so that what users learn via the simulated truck is transferable to the real world with accurate use of controls and execution of machine applications. The use of the Articulated Truck simulation can increase knowledge, confidence, safety and production on the actual worksite.

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CSE Software Inc. has an experienced Serious Gaming and Simulation Development Team available to design and program simulation-based training software for any industry. Add hardware to create a hands-on simulator or make it a mobile app for access to training anywhere via an iPad or other tablet device. The team can also develop in multiple languages. Contact Stacey Burris at 1.309.670.7595 to start your simulation project today. See a video demo of the Articulated Truck Simulator and a sample of the simulation software.

Posted on November 21, 2013 in CSE Software, Simulation, Simulation Development, Simulator Development

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