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.

Sep 13
As the world “exits” the COVID-19 pandemic, companies in all sectors are struggling to hire (or re-hire) employees, from construction [Dodge Data & Analytics 2020] to logistics [DC Velocity 2021]. And that’s why HR departments are increasingly working with colleagues in Operations and in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to (...)
Aug 20
Being safe: no incidents, no accidents. And that’s why a good equipment operator is always, first and foremost, a safe equipment operator. The fact is, for every $1 spent in direct costs (repairs to damaged equipment, medical expenses for injured people), you’ll typically spend an additional $2 to $4 in indirect costs (downtime, delays in (...)
Aug 18
We now know that individual differences in performance largely reflect differences in the amount of time people have spent engaged in deliberate practice, i.e. activities specifically designed to improve performance.
Jun 8
When developing skills, how you train is just as important as what you practice. And often overlooked is timing, especially for how long you should practice “in one shot”, what kind of a “break” should you take between training “sessions”, when is the best time to train during the day (...)
Apr 5
Organisations that own and operate heavy equipment are always looking for new operators. And to do that, they are primarily targeting: current employees who are now doing other kinds of work, to grow their own people with work experience in other fields, including military veterans [1]. In both cases, people (...)