Simlog Blog

Welcome to Simlog’s new 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 aircraft. 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 almost twenty years at Simlog as company co-founder and President, and fifteen 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, just write to “info@simlog.com” with “blog” in the Subject, and your message will find its way to me.)

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

Mar 7
2019
With so many sectors of the economy doing so well, employers are struggling to “find” operators for their heavy equipment. Chances are your own business is growing too, so you not only need people to replace the operators who are retiring or moving away, you also need people to operate (...)
Dec 19
2018
All around the world, operator certification is growing in importance to make heavy equipment operations safer by imposing (minimum) standards on what you need to know and what you need do at the controls of real heavy equipment (cranes, excavators, forklifts, etc.). Think about cars. When you “know enough”, you (...)
Oct 4
2018
Learning to operate heavy equipment is like learning to play a musical instrument. Really?   Well as one example, operating a backhoe and playing the banjo do seem rather different, as the following table makes clear.   Description Operating a Backhoe Playing the Banjo Need two hands Yes Yes Need (...)
Jul 11
2018
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.
Jun 14
2018
Time was, it took real strength to operate the controls in the cabs of heavy equipment. But with everything computerized these days, anyone with two hands and two feet (and eyes and ears) can do just fine, male or female, big or small.