Tower cranes are the workhorses of the high-rise construction site, and are among the largest pieces of equipment in the industry.
With mast lengths exceeding a hundred meters, their safe operation requires a command of best lifting practices as well as dealing with the unique challenges of weather conditions and mast and boom deflection under load.
Operation requires focus, stamina, and excellent hand-eye coordination.
By methodically working through the Tower Crane training module exercises, trainees acquire valuable experience and important operational information that prepares them for—and complements—learning on a real tower crane:
Learning about tower crane operations on a high-rise city construction site
Understanding the operation of the tower crane, including slewing, trolley, and hoist
Working at heights (requires good eyesight and depth perception) from the perspective of the tower crane cab
Handling typical load types in high-rise construction, such as rebar, concrete buckets, construction materials, and fly-forms
Understanding the effects of wind and weather conditions on crane operations
Learning to control hook and load pendulum with long cable falls
Understanding how mast and boom deflection affects lift operations
Understanding the use of hand signals and working as part of a lift team
Understanding load charts and using the load-moment indicator (LMI) on a tower crane
Tower Crane Training Module Learning Program
The Tower Crane training module features progressive learning exercises—from beginner to advanced—designed to gradually build student skill and confidence:
Understanding the controls, start up and shutdown
Load management (LMI) configuration and alarms
Hook and load management and pendulum control
Working in adverse wind and weather
Unloading materials on the worksite
Moving loads within the building site
Erecting steel structures and concrete panels
Changing part of line with pulley block
Working at different heights and longer hook lines
Concrete forming exercises
Practice CCO zigzag corridor and barrel test courses
Students learn the fundamentals of standard top-slewing tower crane work, including load charts, blind lifts, and 2-part and 4-part-of-line operation. They'll also learn the fundamentals of safety systems including anti-2-block, lower limit switch, and trolley limit switch. The student also learns how to work with the crane LMI as well as understand its functions and react to alarms.
Vortex training modules include an integrated heads-up display (HUD) to guide operator trainees through training exercises. The HUD includes work sequence information for the operator, contextual messages, and a list of performance metrics updated in real time.
The Tower Crane Training Module gives trainers objective insight into student performance and abilities. Student exercises can be recorded and played back for after-action lift team performance review. Trainers can measure key student performance metrics such as:
Tasks completed and time
Pendulums and load or hook collisions
Rough load handling
CCO test violations
Instructor comments and bookmarks
The optional student management system allows instructors to generate reports from crane training sessions, and review current and past performance.
The Tower Crane Training Module provides the most realistic simulation-based training on the market. This ensures that students can transfer their skills directly from the simulator to the real world. There is no risk of negative training as with other game-based simulators.
Simulation of the crane is built on proven Vortex dynamics. Just as in real life, the simulated mast and jib bend and torque according to the weight of the load, dynamic movements, and actual crane characteristics.
All rigging and hoisting cables are simulated from the load to the drum using actual engineering properties, so that they behave appropriately as lines are placed under tension or the load is released.
This means that all loads pendulum, snag, and collide just as they would in the real world, providing valuable experience to students without endangering them or others. Cables will collide with worksite obstructions and the crane boom.
Vortex simulators provide leading worksite visuals; the view from the cab accurately matches the view inside a real crane.
An in-cab LMI is displayed on a touch screen mounted to the right of the operator chair, and displays key operational information as well as additional controls. Operators configure and learn LMI operation just like the real crane.
Trainees experience lifelike visual and weather effects such as rain, snow, cloud cover, and fog which can affect operator visibility.
Load shadows, which are critical for depth perception, are accurately simulated for time of day. Wind loading on the crane, cables, and load are all simulated, and operators can be challenged with difficult wind conditions. Worksites include hazards and distractions as well as other workers and equipment.
Supported Vortex Hardware Platforms
The Vortex Tower Crane Training Module supports different hardware configurations to meet your budget, space, and training requirements:
Desktop simulator with game controls
Vortex Trainer with single display
Vortex Master with one, three, or five displays and optional 3DOF motion.
All Vortex hardware is designed for maximum durability and reliability, to protect your training investment.