Simlog Blog

Simulation for training, as we know it today, began back in 1934 when Ed Link sold his “Pilot Maker” to the (USA) Army Air Corps to help train people to fly the first airplanes. But simulation for training people to operate heavy equipment in forestry, construction, mining, and material handling, continues to be something “new”, and so this blog is meant to help you learn more.

The fact is, after over 20 years as Simlog’s President (and Founder), and 15 years of work before that in engineering and university research, I’ve developed what I like to think is a unique perspective on what’s really important (and what’s not), and so I hope that you’ll find these entries informative. (To comment on anything you read here, please write to “” with “blog” in the Subject, to direct your message to me.)

Paul Freedman, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Aug 11
About VR Headsets There is increasing interest in using new generation “consumer” VR Headsets such as Facebook’s “Oculus” and HTC’s “Vive” as display devices for simulator-based training. The idea is simple: when you turn your head, that movement is detected by “head-tracking” electronics in the headset and then transmitted to (...)
Jul 26
Oh, that’s just a video game. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that comment, when someone stops at our trade show booth. But training simulation is not a video game. Here’s why. About “Fun” and “Work” and “Serious Games” In his book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (...)
May 5
As increasing numbers of equipment operators retire, employers are struggling to recruit new ones. And those new hires are often young people who've grown up playing video games.
Mar 16
Starting with the “Link Trainer” back in 1929, motion has been an important part of simulation to help train pilots to fly airplanes. And that’s why a “Full Flight Simulator” is equipped with a motion base that moves in all directions, to create sufficient realism. Nonetheless, many years of (military) (...)
Feb 7
I didn’t know what to say. The Director of a heavy equipment operator training school had called to talk about his new (Simlog) simulators, and asked me the following question: “What’s the #1 way they’re helping my students?” The #1 way? Well, simulation can improve operator training in so many (...)