CM Labs Simulations Inc. has announced the release of the Dozer Simulator Training Pack, which allows trainees to experience the unique feel of pushing soil and aggregate material from a virtual dozer run through the Vortex Simulation Software engine. Training includes heavy excavation, fine grading with a 6-way blade, and dozer tracks even slip based on operator behavior. The simulation pack enables the execution of efficient precision techniques in a safe environment.
The exercises are designed to address common beginner challenges like setting the correct blade angle and learning how to maintain material in front of the blade. More advanced training includes trailer loading/unloading and excavating a drainage inlet and transversal ditch.
The realism is based on the training solution's unique ability to engage a simulated transmission and engine the moment the virtual blade touches virtual soil. When the Dozer Training Pack is paired with CM Labs’ Instructor Operating Station, instructors can set inclement weather conditions and night-time operations.
Training exercises come with on-screen tips, best-practice hints, and performance indicators that enable trainees to learn at their own pace, or as part of an instructor-led training curriculum. A customizable scoring system delivers an objective score whenever a trainee completes an exercise. All exercises have multiple possible solutions, leaving it to the operator to exercise skills, creativity, and good judgment.
“Many simulators treat machine behavior as a kind of special effect that’s scripted into a training session,” says CM Labs’ Construction Line Manager Drew Carruthers. “This results in unrealistic performance and overconfident trainees. But when operators train on a Vortex simulator, they’re not experiencing special effects. They’re experiencing the laws of physics.”
The Dozer Simulator Training Pack is part of CM Labs’ extensive product line of earthmoving and lifting crane training packs. Solutions range from training packs for crawler crane, flat-top tower crane, luffing tower crane, and mobile crane, to excavator, backhoe, wheel loader, motor grader, and more.