VISTA Training now offers a PC-based bulldozer simulator from Simlog. This instructionally designed simulation software puts trainees at the controls of a medium-sized bulldozer at work in a typical construction site. Seven simulation modules are structured to train entry-level operators on basic operation and core skills. Lessons begin with controls familiarization and progress to more complex tasks.
“This new dozer simulator is the perfect complement to VISTA’s dozer training programs,” said VISTA Training President Rick Longstaff. “By using them together, fleet owners can provide comprehensive yet cost-effective training to their operator candidates.”
The operation of the bulldozer simulator can be customized to simulate the behavior of a wide variety of machines. For example, it can be configured to use separate foot pedals for the decelerator and brake, or just a single pedal that combines both functions. Blade speed can also be adjusted.
As trainees perform tasks in the simulator, the software records data about key performance indicators that measure how quickly and carefully the simulated work is performed. The simulator tracks more than 20 performance indicators. This data can be used to provide diagnostic coaching to trainees, to help them overcome weak spots in their skills.