Drill Rig Simulator

Overview
Customer Stories

The Vortex Rotary Drilling Rig training module simulates all major mechanical, physical and operational aspects of the drill rig. It comes with two attachments: the Kelly bar and the Continuous Flight Auger (CFA), for use in different training applications and scenarios.

Vortex Drill Rig Simulator

 

The Vortex Rotary Drilling Rig training module accurately reproduces actual drill rig behavior and other specifications from equipment manufacturers. The following behavior and conditions are simulated:

  • Drilling boreholes into the ground
  • Removing soil from the auger
  • Mast tilting side‐to‐side and front‐to‐back
  • Collision with other objects on the construction site
  • Spooling of the cables
  • Driving on the construction site ground
     

Construction site components:

  • Elevated ground, rocks, and soft and hard ground
  • I‐beams and casing manipulations using the auxiliary hoist line
  • Variable weather, light, and shadows
     

The Vortex Rotary Drill Rig training module features high-definition displays, motion platform, and authentic rotary drill rig controls. The solution fully simulates the continuous flight auger (CFA) attachment, Kelly Bar and casings, and a realistic worksite. It also reproduces accurate engine noise as well as realistic sounds when removing soil from the Kelley bar. 

Training scenarios include drilling & hoisting operations, digs, and traveling.


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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.

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
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
OETIO
CM Labs starts work on Liebherr Drill Rig Simulator for OETIO
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Drill Rig 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."

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Drill Rig 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.

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Drill Rig 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.”

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Drill Rig 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.

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Drill Rig 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.

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Drill Rig 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.

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Drill Rig 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...

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Drill Rig Simulator | Customer Story

CM Labs starts work on Liebherr Drill Rig Simulator for OETIO

November 21, 2012

The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) operates a world-class training facility, offering crane operator, heavy equipment, and construction safety training programs. Due to recent worksite incidents, the OETIO and IUOE are developing a comprehensive training program for rotary drill operations.

OETIO, togther with the IUOE Local 793 and CM Labs, have a successful partnership, based on their shared philosophy of applied innovation for rigorous, standards-based heavy-equipment training.

That's why OETIO chose Vortex to simulate a Liebherr Rotary Drill Rig for its new training program. CM Labs’ Vortex platform not only simulates machine operation, controls and behavior, and 3D worksites, it also easily handles the real-time dynamics required to simulate such challenging tasks as travelling with Kelley Bar and CFA attachments, in a variety of potentially hazardous conditions. The result will be more skilled operators and better site safety.

The simulator will be delivered to OETIO's Oakville campus in March 2013.


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