The gantry cranes consist of a supporting that can traverse the length of a spring, coupled with a mobile platform called spreader. They have the ability to pick up two to four 20-foot containers at once.

The gantry crane simulator is used for training handlers such as cranes in the port of Valencia and in several Latin American ports.

This simulator trains operators to be able to control any risk, due to the fact that they are trained in safe environments that replicate real experiences, accidents, weather changes and damage of equipment to learn the protocols to be followed.

Characteristics of the simulator

Constructing a gantry crane simulator for training new and experienced operators. The main aims of the simulator are:

  • Raising the economic performance of real cranes by spending less time in training periods.
  • Improving speed of learning curve of the operator.
  • Controlling adverse situations.
  • Increasing safety for both operators and cranes.
  • Screening of a quality image of the port.
  • Building an immersive environment based on “Virtual Reality” techniques similar to real environment daily working in a port crane’s control booth.

The operator will handle controls, feel the movements, hear sounds due to the operations carried out and see the work environment as if in the seat of a real booth.The simulator has a booth with actual controls, located on a mechanical system that provides movement sensations and audio and visual effects.

ship-to-shore crane configuration panel


The screens of the simulators are an important part. A wrong setup of the screens can make the user experience not to be utterly immersive when it is running.

Therefore, our simulators provide a very intuitive screens setting interface, easy to configure and designed to the screen system where the simulator is running be fully configurable. You can configure up to 8 screens arranged in any position at any angle. This allows endless possibilities for visual perception of the user who uses our simulator be identical to that perceived in real crane.

Visualization system:

  • High quality images, generated in real time.
  • 3D graphics.
  • Picture textures from a real facility.
  • External views displaying machine parameters.
  • Stereoscopic mode.
  • Heads-Up Display showing information about positions and machine parameters.

Weather conditions:

The simulator implements several types of weather situations that may be critical in the real world as could be low visibility for a very cloudy day or at dark night.

These conditions are also reflected in the physical operation of the crane, since in rainy and windy days is much more difficult to carry out successfully the exercises.It is easy and quick to implement new types of exercises if necessary for some specification of a particular case.

weather conditions sunny weather conditions cloudly

Exercises editor

Thanks to the exercises editor, our simulator offers the possibility to create exercises for you. In the editor, you can add elements on stage with which to make practices shortcomings are detected on the student. The created exercise can be saved, so it can be made later by other students.

Groups and users management

The simulator provides instructions for the proper management of users and workgroups. Through the interface you may perform basic tasks such as creating, editing and deleting both users and groups, adapting the use of the simulator to customer needs. It also allows you to view statistics and evaluations of each user in a clear and detailed way.

Exercises assessment

Every time an exercise is performed on the simulator, the necessary data are stored to proceed with the assessment of the exercise itself. Users can access this information shown by the exercise report. This report contains outstanding data such as the motions or made ​​remarkable observations and presented to the user using tables and graphs showing in detail each of the evaluated parameters and information of interest such as the completion time of year, number of exercise performed, date, etc.


The possibility to play every exercise that has been done before is among the most beneficial features for training offer by the simulators. This feature is very important when it comes to identifying the faults that are committed as it can be played the exercises and watch the recording from any angle, rewinding or pausing the playback. In addition, a situation that occurs in the training processes is that students always are prone to make similar mistakes. In our simulators debriefing system an instructor can playback exercises of any student in order to teach new students the mistakes they should avoid.

Reports at the instructor's console

At the instructor's workstation, you can view reports by user and exercise with the following information:

  • Date.
  • Starting and ending time.
  • Time length.
  • Finished exercises.
  • Control handling log.
  • Velocity log.
  • Collision log.
  • Dangerous maneuvers log.
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