The “Personal Simulator” Pioneer
Simlog’s story began in 1994 at CRIM (https://www.crim.ca), one of Canada’s leading research institutes in information technologies. The challenge: develop new-to-the-world simulation technology to help train people to operate mechanized logging equipment, as part of an R&D research project sponsored by forest industry stakeholders.
Four years later, after multiple field trials involving hundreds of people, the conclusion was clear: getting ready at the simulator first before “graduating” to real equipment meant that new operators worked more safely and more productively in the woods. Indeed, with increased revenue (from harvesting more wood) and reduced costs (thanks to fewer “accidents” damaging real equipment), the return on investment was evident to all.
These results, along with a special Innovation Prize, set the stage in 1999 for the project leaders to leave CRIM and co-found Simlog to commercialize the simulator prototype, with local forestry schools as first customers. (The company name is a contraction of “SIMulation” and “LOGiciel”, the French word for software, but the name is also a play on words, since our first product was for LOGging operations.)
Since then, Simlog has moved “horizontally” into three other industry sectors, construction, mining, and most recently material handling, as we continue to pioneer a new kind of “mass market” product called “Personal Simulator” that leverages the power of today’s off-the-shelf Personal Computers (PCs), USB-ready input devices, and off-the-shelf displays and speakers. In fact, just like the “Personal Computer” brought computing to everyone, our “Personal Simulators” are bringing training simulation to everyone.
Today, Simlog is the world-wide standard in cost-effective simulation and a global supplier, with customers and Value Added Resellers in 69 countries around the world having trained half a million people.
And in this year of 2019, that’s a lot to celebrate on our 20th birthday!
Six Innovation Awards
These six innovation awards are further evidence of our product excellence:
- CSTD “Gold Award for Training Excellence” in 2013 (as part of TruckLogic), for our Mining Truck Personal Simulator
- Equipment Today Contractors “Top 50” in 2012, for Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator (Version 2)
- Aggregates Manager “Top 25” in 2009, for our Wheel Loader Personal Simulator
- Aggregates Manager “Top 25” in 2007, for our Off-Highway Truck Personal Simulator
- CCA “Hugh Montgomery Memorial Trophy” in 2006, for our Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator (Version 1)
- Construction Innovation Forum “Nova Award” in 2004, for our Mobile Crane Personal Simulator
Uniquely Qualified Staff
Unlike the employees at companies developing video games or interactive multimedia, Simlog’s simulator specialists are all university graduates in engineering, physics, or computer science; many also have advanced degrees. And we develop our simulation software just like engineers and scientists do (programming in C++), instead of using video gaming “middleware” that can reduce simulation realism and thereby training transfer to the real world. The fact is, we understand how real heavy equipment operates and that, quite frankly, helps us build better simulated ones.