Crawler Crane Simulator

Overview
Customer Stories

Crawler cranes provide high mobility on difficult terrain and are used in many industries to perform very challenging and technically complex lifts. 

They are among the highest lift capacity cranes in the industry, with lifting heights of 200 meters or more, and are required to perform a large variety of tasks ranging from installation industrial equipment to lifting operations on infrastructure projects and construction sites.

Operation requires the ability to cope with highly varied operations and worksite conditions.

By methodically working through the Crawler Crane training module exercises, trainees acquire valuable experience and important operational information that prepares them for—and complements—learning on a real crawler crane:
 

  • Learning about the operations of a crawler crane on city construction sites as well as for wind turbine erection
  • Understanding the operation of a crawler crane, including slewing, boom operation, and hoisting
  • Requirements for good eyesight and depth perception, from the perspective of the crawler crane cab 
  • Travelling with a crawler crane
  • Understanding the effects of wind and weather conditions on crane operations
  • The use of hand and foot controls as well as crane start-up procedures and configuration
  • Handling of many load types, ranging from sewer pipes and steel erection to large lifts such as wind turbine components
  • Use of crawler cranes for pile driving, clamming, and drag line operations
  • Understanding load charts and crane boom and part-of-line configuration
  • Understanding the use of hand signals and working as part of a lift team
  • Using the load-moment indicator (LMI) on a crawler crane
  • Safe lift practices near power lines

 

Vortex Crawler Crane Simulator

 

Crawler Crane Training Exercises

The Crawler Crane training module features progressive learning exercises designed to gradually build student skill and confidence:

Swing
Learn how to efficiently swing, control, and stop the hook at specified locations.

Boom
Learn how to efficiently raise and lower the boom, while controlling and stopping the hook at specified locations.

Hooking & Raising 
Learn how to smoothly hook and raise objects, and move them to specified locations.

Stacking
Learn how to carefully and efficiently move heavy blocks from one location on a construction site to another.

Unloading
Learn how to carefully and efficiently unload heavy blocks from a flat-bed truck.

Unloading Close to Power Lines
Learn how to carefully and efficiently move a load of heavy blocks, in close proximity to both a chain-link fence and power lines.

Utility Pipes
Learn how to carefully and efficiently hook and connect a number of heavy utility pipes of various shapes and sizes.

Steel Structures
Learn how to carefully and efficiently hook steel beams and trusses and move them into place.

Beams
Learn how to carefully and efficiently hook steel beams and move them around a construction site.

Cages
Practise hook placement by precisely moving the hook into and out of a number of cages distributed around the construction site.

 

Vortex Crawler Crane Simulator Vortex Crawler Crane Simulator: Operator View
 

 

Crawler Crane Control Kit

The Crawler Crane training module is bundled with a control kit that includes five joysticks (swing/boom, hoist, and travel), a throttle pedal, and buttons for Engine Start/Stop and Emergency Stop (E-Stop).

 

Learn more about our crane simulators.

Here's how we've helped just a few of our clients. For more information on these stories, or to obtain additional client references, contact us at any time.

Mammoet
Mammoet Assures PTC Operator Safety with Vortex Simulator
Crane Service Industries
Crane Service Industries Provides Top-notch Training with Vortex
Crane Institute of America
Crane Institute of America Improves Training with Vortex Simulator
Keyano College
Keyano College: 9 Vortex Simulator Benefits
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
SAIT Training Program Engages Student Operators with "Transformational" Vortex Simulators
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station: Success with Vortex
IUOE Local 14
Vortex Simulator an "Incredible" Addition to IUOE Local 14's State-of-the-art Training Center
OETIO
OETIO and Vortex Partner for Wind Turbine Construction Training
NC Services Group
NC Services Group in Alberta Builds Skills with Vortex
Keyano College
Keyano College Develops Tower Crane Training Program
Safety Resources Unlimited
SRU Prepares Crane Operators for OSHA Regulations
OETIO
CM Labs Delivers Lattice Boom Crawler Crane Simulator to OETIO
OETIO
Vortex Upgrades OETIO Simulators with Tandem Lift, Signaler Training, and More
IUOE Local 400 Montana
IUOE Local 400 Montana Acquires Vortex Crane Simulator
British Petroleum
BP Puts Vortex Crane Simulators to Work
Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Vortex Simulator an "Incredible" Addition to IUOE Local 14's State-of-the-art Training Center

February 22, 2017

Local 14 is always on the lookout for new and innovative training tools, whether it be a new hi-tech rotating telehandler, spider crane, or excavator, or smart display technology in the classrooms.

However, it wasn’t until Tom Gordon, the Local's Co-Director of Journey Person and Apprenticeship Training, sat in a Vortex simulator from CM Labs Simulations at a Kentucky trade show that Local 14 considered adding a new simulator to the Training Center.

"I was never a big simulator guy," says Gordon. "It just wasn't something I thought was that valuable. But once I got on the Vortex simulator, I realized what a great tool it could be for us here."

Download the full story now

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station: Success with Vortex

June 10, 2016

In terms of power output, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has been the USA’s largest nuclear plant since 1992. 

The plant’s objective is to lead the industry — not only in terms of raw output, but also in knowledge, training, and employee engagement: Palo Verde has learned through experience that the safest plants are also the best operating plants.

"With that mandate in my back pocket," says Palo Verde Rigging Training Instructor Bob Armstead, “I’m looking to provide the most effective training possible. I am not going to spare any expense for training in any way, shape, or form.”

Indeed, preventing lift incidents is a constant focus for the former (retired) USAF Airman. Like every lift professional in the US nuclear sector, he was particularly troubled by a March 2013 incident at Arkansas Nuclear One that involved the collapse of a lifting rig being used to move a 600-ton main generator stator. The failure resulted in one fatality and several injuries.

Download the full story now

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

SAIT Training Program Engages Student Operators with "Transformational" Vortex Simulators

February 08, 2016

As Associate Dean at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic in Alberta, Jim Szautner has seen all kinds of student operators.

For some, heavy equipment operation is a calling. For others, it's an opportunity that's knocking at the right place and time.

And for others, it's an intimidating, back-against-the-wall prospect.

"This might be the first time some students are coming back to school in a number of years," says Jim — "their secondary experience might not have been super positive, so they might not have a lot of confidence coming in to the post-secondary environment."

In the case of these students, the Vortex Simulators are part of a "transformational experience" that Jim believes is central to the SAIT experience.

"Once they get on the Vortex Simulator," Jim says, "and gain the confidence that they can do it, it's actually quite amazing to watch — they surprise themselves and do far better than what they thought they were capable of.”

Download the full story now

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Keyano College: 9 Vortex Simulator Benefits

September 01, 2015

Located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Keyano College provides specialised training to more than 2,800 full-time students and over 13,000 part-time students.The college offers a wide variety of programs, including certificate programs such as mechanical construction trades preparation, the heavy equipment technician trade, and power and process engineering.

Keyano College's Vortex Simulators are a valuable teaching tool for tower crane operation training, as well as training for mobile crane, crawler crane, and excavator operations.

Leslie Howlett is Keyano College's Mobile Simulator Instructor — "mobile" being a reference to the Vortex Simulator, not to him, although his career has taken him from Newfoundland to Alberta via Afghanistan and an array of other locations. With over 20 years of experience as a trainer, he's conditioned to seeing everything as a teaching opportunity.

Everyone's got their reasons for using a Vortex Simulator. Leslie shares his.

Download the story now

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Crane Institute of America Improves Training with Vortex Simulator

May 05, 2015

"The underlying cause of most accidents," says Jim Headley, "is a failure to properly train and qualify personnel. That's why I want to provide the very best, the highest-quality training out there. I want to make sure we're helping the people in the field as best we can."

Jim Headley is president and director of Crane Institute of America (CIA). CIA has trained or certified over 100,000 equipment operators, inspectors, supervisors, trainers, riggers, and other safety personnel since 1987.

Find out how CIA uses a Vortex Simulator to improve its operator training program — download the story now.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Crane Service Industries Provides Top-notch Training with Vortex

March 23, 2015

Crane Service Industries (CSI) trains for all lifting activities, including aerial and platform lifts, with a particular focus on cranes and crane operator certification.

To enhance its training program, CSI purchased a Vortex Trainer, CM Labs' table-top simulator, with a boom truck software training module. As a result, CSI has improved training delivery, and increased training throughput – all with reduced maintenance and fuel costs.

Download the full story to find out how [PDF]

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Mammoet Assures PTC Operator Safety with Vortex Simulator

March 11, 2015

"That crane," says Mammoet's Mark Oterdoom, "is 100% our design and 100% our responsibility. So the training has to come from us. As far as liability goes, we need to know we've covered everything that could go wrong. That's why we have the simulator." 

That crane is Mammoet's platform containerized twin-ring crane (PTC) 140/200 DS. The PTC has a lifting capacity of 3200 mT and a range of up to 205 meters. It is the biggest crane of its kind, and takes up to six weeks to set up before the first lift gets underway.

The simulator is a Vortex simulator from CM Labs Simulations. It simulates the PTC 140/200 DS for trainee operators of the large cranes...

Download the full story now [PDF]

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

NC Services Group in Alberta Builds Skills with Vortex

September 26, 2012

With a fleet of over 150 cranes, NC Services Group (NCSG) is one of the most important providers of lift and heavy-haul services to major oil and gas companies in Northern Alberta.

NCSG recently purchased a 5-display Vortex Simulator with a motion platform, instructor console, and mobile and crawler crane modules.

The Vortex Simulator will allow NCSG to assess operators hired for specific projects, and to maintain the skills of the existing workforce.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Keyano College Develops Tower Crane Training Program

September 21, 2012

Keyano College is one of Alberta’s leading trade schools.

As a progressive training institute, Keyano embraced the use of simulators for training several years ago, starting with simulators to train mining equipment operators.

Keyano has recently purchased two Vortex Simulators for Tower, Mobile, and Crawler crane operator training.

Keyano is currently developing a complete tower crane operator training program around the Vortex Simulator platform.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

SRU Prepares Crane Operators for OSHA Regulations

March 27, 2012

Located in Oklahoma, Safety Resources Unlimited (SRU) provides training, consulting, and inspection services throughout the United States. SRU services a variety of industries utilizing material handling equipment with training onsite and at its training center to accredited NCCCO standards and in accordance to OSHA regulations.

In order to expand its training program, SRU recently acquired a Vortex crane simulator to better prepare trainees for the NCCCO practical exams. It allows apprentices to get more stick-time, improve their confidence, and provide the experience necessary for the real job.

Vortex simulators allows both apprentices and skilled operators to acquire unique skills in a fraction of the time it would take on the real job. In addition, it allows them to get ready for the unexpected by allowing them to experience and learn from job site incidents in a safe, simulated environment.

SRU will receive delivery of a Vortex simulator complete with 2 large-screen HD displays and a 3DOF motion base. With its hot-swappable control design, the simulator is versatile enough to allow training on both mobile and crawler cranes. It is fully loaded with many training scenarios for both routine and difficult lifts.

The Vortex simulator will allow SRU to deliver a higher quality of training to its students and better prepare them for the challenges on the real jobsite.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

OETIO and Vortex Partner for Wind Turbine Construction Training

October 23, 2011

The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) together with the IUOE local 793 and the Vortex team are partnering to develop wind turbine construction training using Vortex simulation-based training solutions.

The OETIO is a world-class training institute with two campuses in Ontario, Canada. OETIO offers crane operator, heavy equipment operator, and construction safety training programs in support of the construction industry. Wind turbine erection is challenging and is a critical link in the supply chain of wind energy. Wind farms are in areas of frequent high wind; from a contractor’s perspective high and fluctuating wind poses a serious safety issue.

In addition, over the last 20 years the turbine size has grown considerably requiring heavier and higher lifts. Lifts typically require two cranes operating in tandem; an extremely challenging job requiring specific skills.

By using two Vortex training simulators in tandem, OETIO will be able to perfect the lift crew skills necessary for the challenges of the wind energy industry for years to come.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

BP Puts Vortex Crane Simulators to Work

October 23, 2011

BP Texas City refinery near Galveston (Texas) is the third-largest refinery in the US and produces 3% of the nation's gasoline. BP's first priority is safe and reliable operations, and heavy equipment skills training is a key component in achieving that every day.

During major operations BP may have thousands of contractors on site with multiple heavy lift cranes hoisting tonnes of equipment. Having the right skills and preparation for this work is paramount. BP recently added two Vortex mobile and crawler crane training simulators as well as signaller training to their crane operator training program.

This will allow BP to ensure their onsite operators have the skills they need to perform safe and efficient lifts on the 1,200-acre site. The Vortex crane simulators offer a comprehensive skills development program for heavy lift crews. BP plans to upgrade to earth-moving equipment and site-specific training exercises in the year to come.

The CM Labs team welcomes BP as a client, and we look forward to working with the Texas City crew in the years to come.

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

IUOE Local 400 Montana Acquires Vortex Crane Simulator

April 16, 2010

The Montana Operating Engineers (MTOE), affiliated with Local 400 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), recently acquired a Vortex Crane Simulator. MTOE will add to their existing crane training program by providing simulation-based training for union members, helping them acquire important and comprehensive skills, which will result in more experienced operators and safer working conditions. As well, the Vortex simulator allows students to gain easy access to realistic machine training without the cost and environmental impact of operating actual heavy equipment.

With the Vortex Crane Simulator, IUOE apprentices and operators will learn how to use the equipment in increasingly challenging training exercises. High-resolution virtual worksites, realistic crane and load dynamics, authentic crane controls and challenging heavy-lift exercises provide students with rich operational experience. To accelerate learning, exercises feature navigation aids, performance metrics, and a playback review mode for team evaluation purposes.

Instructors can introduce equipment failures, difficult weather conditions and other challenges to teach students to properly and safely react to situations that may arise on a worksite.

"We are eager to provide simulation-based training to our members, so we are pleased to be working with the Vortex team," said Quinton Farr, Director of Training, Montana Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training. "The Vortex Crane Simulator provides the benefits we targeted for our crane operator program: to bring our training into the 21st century, to increase operator safety, to green the program, and to do all this as cost-effectively as possible."

Download the full press release now

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

Vortex Upgrades OETIO Simulators with Tandem Lift, Signaler Training, and More

April 30, 2009

CM Labs was recently awarded a contract by OETIO to upgrade its Vortex crane simulators. The upgrade adds substantial new functionality to the OETIO crane simulators. OETIO now has six operator-training simulators, and they have become a key tool in training hundreds of operators in skilled and safe procedures.

The updates include important new functionality developed by the Vortex simulator team:

  • Ability to perform tandem lifts using two simulators working together in the same virtual worksite.
  • New scenarios for tower crane erection and disassembly using a mobile crane.
  • Signaler training using a second display (signalers view of the crane) and a picture-in-picture display of the signaler in the crane simulator display from a remote camera.
  • New operator skills evaluation tools with skills level development and scoring.
  • Scenario to perform crane worksite setup, positioning/leveling, and routine checks.
  • Capability for record and playback of student exercises for after-action review by student and instructor

Read the case study: Vortex Simulators Power OETIO's Enhanced Training Programs [PDF]

Construction
X

Crawler Crane Simulator | Customer Story

CM Labs Delivers Lattice Boom Crawler Crane Simulator to OETIO

November 23, 2008

CM Labs has delivered a four-screen lattice boom crawler crane simulator to the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO). The state-of-the-art operator training simulator features training simulations for pile-driving, clam-shell operation, and jib training, all modelled on a Manitowoc 8500.

The Vortex technology platform, which permits realistic, real-time, interactive 3D representation of vehicles in contact with terrain and other objects, was incorporated into the simulator. Vortex allows the creation of simulated environments with the high degree of realism required for operator training.

Using a simulator to train for noisy, dirty operations involving pile driving and drag-lining in an urban environment has clear advantages in terms of time, cost and throughput.

"The opportunity to train in an effective simulation significantly increases the hours of hands-on experience our students acquire in a safe, controlled, realistic, and responsive environment," stated OETIO Director Gerry Hughes.

This delivery follows the installation of two dome simulators for concrete pump operator training to OETIO earlier this year. The immersive four-screen simulator delivered to OETIO is also available in a single-screen configuration.


Share this page