Construction equipment simulators have been used for operator training in one way or another since the mid-1990s. However, it’s only in the last decade or so that the life-like degree of realism provided by industrial aerospace simulators has come to the construction industry.
Now, construction crane and heavy equipment simulators can provide an extraordinarily realistic simulation of machines, with immersive experiences recreating the experience of excavating dirt and lifting loads, in tandem with training content that develops operator skills far beyond basic controls familiarisation.
As with all technology purchases, however, it’s easy to get sidetracked by bells, whistles, and marketing hype.
The fact is, not all simulators are created equal. That’s why it’s important to be in a position to determine exactly what makes one simulator better for you rather than another. This will ensure that you are getting the best tool for your trainers, trainees, and other stakeholders. It will also put you in a much stronger position when it comes to making a business case for acquiring a simulator, and achieving internal “buy-in” for using it as a training tool.
These questions will help you assess the options that are available on the market, understand how to evaluate the pros and cons of each, and other points you should consider before making a purchase.
Download this free e-book — the final book in our 4-part series Your Complete Guide to Construction Equipment Training Simulators — to learn how to get the information you need for a true side-by-side, apples-to-apples comparison of training simulators.
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Be sure to check out the rest of our e-book series here:
E-book #1: Measuring the ROI in Simulation-based Training
E-book #2: The Benefits of Simulator Training for Heavy Equipment Operators
E-book #3: 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Training Simulator