Germany spearheads use of CM simulators

By Hannah Sundermeyer03 January 2023

CM Labs Simulations, the only simulator developer to incorporate physics-based Smart Training Technology (STT), has achieved the successful use of simulation training and testing to meet German requirements for crane operator certification.

CM Labs Simulations achieved the successful use of simulation training and testing to meet German requirements for crane operator certification during bauma 2022.

The virtual training and qualification took place in Germany at bauma 2022 using CM Labs’ simulation-based solution because of its accurate replication of real-world machine and materials behavior for crane operation.

Operator-in-training, Patrick Schultka, who had some prior experience in earthmoving equipment but no experience with cranes, spent eight hours over the course of four days at the show, using the CM Labs’ Tower Crane Simulation Training Pack on the Vortex 5-screen Advantage Simulator. With self-guided practice and one-on-one coaching from a trainer, he completed the written exam, followed by a 30-minute qualification test using CM Labs Crane Training Pack, based on the real-world CCO exam.

CM Labs accurately replicates real-world machine and materials behavior, resulting in effective, efficient operator training, the company said. The company’s patented Smart Training Technology exceeds the technical criteria for German certification. While other industries, like aviation, have approved the use of simulation for certification, the construction industry, except in Germany, has not. CM Labs solutions include simulation exercises to prepare for certifications for forklift, as well as the NCCER and NCCCO testing for cranes.

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