CM Labs releases first luffing tower crane simulator
By Hannah Sundermeyer09 May 2018
CM Labs Simulations today announced the release of the all-new Luffing Tower Crane (LTC) Training Pack, the first simulation-based LTC training platform on the market. Immediately available for deployment across the full catalog of Vortex® Construction Equipment Simulators, the LTC Training Pack is CM Labs’ most feature-rich crane simulation to date.
Latest Vortex® Construction Training Pack adds the unique challenges of urban and nighttime operations while providing instructors with customizable scoring and an expanded set of training tools.
Vortex Construction Equipment Simulators are always-available instructional tools that have been shown to accelerate student operator training and reduce costs by up to 75 percent.
“Cities are tight working environments with most mandating the use of luffing tower cranes for safety reasons,” said Seza Kouladjian, technical product manager, cranes, CM Labs. “While training on a real crane is both difficult and dangerous, our LTC Training Pack changes this dynamic, making training safer for everyone.”
Built on the highly realistic Vortex Studio simulation and visualization software, the LTC Training Pack provides a structured set of scenarios to promote crane skills development. The included load charts and lift plans build awareness of the crane’s capabilities and the tasks to be performed before starting operations.
The LTC Training Pack provides a structured set of scenarios to promote crane skills development.
Kouladjian notes that the new nighttime operation mode will allow student operators to have the opportunity to gain experience working at any time of day—a feature unique to CM Labs’ simulations. “A worksite looks very different at night because of site lighting. The simulated environment can help LTC student operators become acclimatized to the differences in shadows and perspective presented by nighttime operations.”
The LTC Training Pack also provides an expanded tool-set for the training, mentoring, and evaluation of student operators. Scoring for each scenario is now customizable, allowing the instructor to evaluate the operator’s performance according to their own standards. Optional visualization tools allow the student operator to see the boom tip and hook block in relation to lift objects, providing a quick feedback tool for assessing depth.
All simulation and training features included in the LTC Training Pack are also available immediately in a simultaneous update of the existing Flat-Top Tower Crane Training Pack.
All Vortex Construction Training Packs can be run on any Vortex Construction Equipment Simulator. This includes the immersive Vortex Advantage, the portable-yet-powerful Vortex Trainer, and the new Vortex Edge laptop simulator designed for classroom instruction.