How Technology Is Changing the Way Equipment Operators Are Trained

By Drew Carruthers, CM Labs Simulations
As published in Construction Executive,  September 26, 2019

Drew Carruthers is Product Line Manager for Construction Products at CM Labs Simulations, where he directs the development of CM Labs’ award-winning Vortex Construction Equipment Simulators.


It wasn’t so long ago that technology in construction equipment training meant PowerPoints and videos. But the technology in today’s equipment is highly connected, and the ability to analyze equipment usage in real-time also influences the way training is delivered. Among the biggest influences on construction equipment training today are simulation, automation, data analysis, augmented reality and smartphones.

Fleet management principles of predictive analytics also apply to operator training. In fleet management, GPS and telematics technology can provide feedback on bucket positioning or fill rates to improve duty cycles. In some cases, those operations are partially automated.

This is already having an impact on how progressive training is being delivered …

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