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 “info@simlog.com” with “blog” in the Subject, to direct your message to me.)

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

Jan 8
2020
As part of a previous blog post, I indicated that women are few and far between in the construction trades, especially at the controls of heavy equipment (just 2% in my part of the world). Perhaps there’s some kind of “biological handicap” at work? Well, industrial psychologists have identified three (...)
Nov 15
2019
Typical operator training programs combine classroom-based instruction with real-world seat-time but the results are often discouraging, because there are three kinds of uncertainty. Are you choosing the right people to train? Are your trainees learning properly? Are your new operators working well enough? We can summarize the current arrangement in (...)
Jul 23
2019
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 (...)
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 (...)