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 21 years at Simlog as Founder and President, 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.

Apr 5
Organisations that own and operate heavy equipment are most 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, (...)
Jan 18
Whether you like it or not, your thoughts affect your actions.  And that’s why how you feel about what you do counts. The fact is, most of us struggle when we’ve got to show someone else what we can do e.g. to earn a driver’s license, or become a certified (...)
Dec 11
“What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand.” (Confucius) Yes, doing is the best way to learn, but the ancient Chinese scholar was only “half right”, because just any old “doing” … won’t do! The fact is, my father taught my mother how (...)
Jun 12
Time was, training to become a blacksmith, baker, or candlestick maker required person-to-person interaction. Today, that’s just as true for heavy equipment operators. And that’s because developing any kind of skill means first showing me what to do, and then watching what I do to help me learn to do (...)
May 1
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 for damaged equipment, medical expenses for injured people), you’ll typically spend an additional $2 to $4 in indirect costs (downtown, delays in (...)