The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of Canada's non-residential construction industry, with almost one million people at work producing $123 billion in goods and services.
At the special Awards Ceremony, Simlog's product was singled out for special recognition for the following reasons.
Working in collaboration with the world's leading OEM and key training professionals throughout North America and the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs in Les Cedres, Quebec, Simlog of Montreal, Quebec has created the world's first PC-based Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator for heavy equipment operator training to feature realistic "virtual digging".
Leveraging the computing and graphics horsepower of today's PC-based technology, not to mention the convenience, Simlog's Personal Simulator represents a major advance in heavy equipment operator training by finally providing a completely safe, totally realistic and truly cost-effective "virtual" hands-on training experience.
Recognizing just how much "drill and practice" is required to master the safe operation of today's complex heavy equipment, and the natural abilities such as hand-eye coordination and depth perception necessary to become truly proficient, this revolutionary product significantly cuts the cost of providing expensive training "seat time" needed on real equipment, reduces the downtime of removing real equipment from production, and decreases the potential for accidents due to operator inexperience.
In addition, Simlog's Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator helps training service providers, and owners and operators of heavy equipment to more efficiently screen operator candidates, better prepare new operators for time at the controls of real equipment, and significantly enhances the ability to continually evaluate and update operator skills.
Requiring more than two years of software development, the impressive technology behind this training simulation is Simlog's new "dynamic terrain modeling", making simulated bucket and soil interaction totally realistic in real-time. Now, sitting at the controls of Simlog's newest product is like working in a virtual sandbox, where the simulated earth can be excavated, pushed, piled, spread and back-filled in a totally realistic way.
Scoring high marks for safety and productivity improvements, outstanding predictability and profitability, significantly reduced environmental impact, and representing a sustainable long-term repeatable solution of benefit to a wide spectrum of the construction industry, CCA is pleased to award its Excellence in Innovation prize for 2005 to Simlog of Montreal, Quebec.