CM Labs’ Digger Derrick Simulator Training Packs Prepare Workforce for Certification Testing

Digger Derrick Training Packs provide preparation for EICA and CCO certification testing.

MONTREAL, QC, Sept. 21, 2023 — CM Labs Simulations, leading vendor for simulation-based training in the construction and utilities industries, has announced the release of Digger Derrick Simulator Training Packs that help prepare operator trainees for certification testing, such as the Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA) and CCO (formerly the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) crane exams.

“CM Labs’ mission is to provide the highest level of training for heavy equipment operators in the construction and utility industries, where certifications are essential and required for safety and expertise. So, preparing for certification testing is a critical piece of that training,” said Trinidad Ruiz, Senior Product Manager, Construction. “Applying CM Labs’ technology that recreates authentic machine behavior, the Digger Derrick Simulator Training Packs is the only solution on the market that provides real-world training opportunities to help prepare operators for the rigors of both certification tests.”

Authentic Engineering-Grade Machine Behavior Provides Safe, Effective Training

The Training Packs support organizations in the Utilities market addressing key industry issues such as operator safety, sustainability, and equipment maintenance. Incorrect outriggers handling or misuse of auger and boom can result in risky operation, injury, or equipment tipping. CM Labs’ Digger Derrick Training Packs offer a safe, effective, and comprehensive alternative for training while mitigating the increased fuel costs and wear and tear that typically result from inexperienced handling.

Users gain an understanding of engine actions, machine stability during drilling and pole setting. A better understanding of hydraulics, boom backlash and deflections, tipping behavior, and cable and hook during drilling and pole setting, combined with the soil simulation guarantees safe and efficient maneuvers. The Training Packs replicate true engine vibrations and sounds, including hydraulics, variable RPMs, drilling, horns, and crane overload alarms that are important audio cues for safe operation.

The Digger Derrick Training Packs are compatible with all of CM Labs’ Vortex® Simulators, including the desktop Vortex Edge Plus, the motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max, and the high-immersion Vortex Advantage. The simulator training is part of CM Labs’ wide range of machines ideal for the Utilities market including: Backhoe, Boom Truck, Compact Track Loader, Forklift, Rough Terrain Crane, Telehandler, and Wheeled Excavator, making it ideal for training centers or organizations in the Utilities market.

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs’ mission is to simulate the world to make operations safe and efficient, by connecting people, processes, and equipment design.

The company builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. Through its Vortex Studio platform, CM Labs provides training simulators, simulation training software for heavy equipment operators, virtual prototyping, and testing capabilities.

Clients include OETIO, IUOE, Kiewit, Liebherr, Mammoet, Manitowoc, NASA, and over 100 other world-class companies, OEMs, equipment operators, and trades training organizations.

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About EICA and CCO

Testing agency EICA was formed in 2015 to address a need identified by employers and others in the electrical construction industry, that of crane operation near and around electrical lines, as well as the normal difficult terrain found in transmission line construction environments. The Practical Exam provides a demonstration of the candidate’s skill level of operating a crane or digger derrick.

CCO (formerly the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) was formed in 1995 as a nonprofit organization with its mission to develop effective performance standards for safe load handling equipment operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction. The benefits of NCCCO’s nationwide certification programs include reduced risk of loss, fewer accidents, more consistent training, and expanded job opportunities for those who work in and around load handling equipment.