LSyM began its activity by developing five simulators of port machinery for the Society of Stowage of Port of Valencia (SEVASA). More than fifteen years have passed and today all the simulators continue working and forming in tasks related to port stowage and more specifically to the movement of containers to hundreds of workers.
A collaborative simulation environment has been developed, in which the set of processes that are developed within a port environment can be simulated in real time. A RoRo tractor (Roll On-Roll Off Tractor) can bring a container that is hooked by a container crane (STS - Ship To Shore Crane), while a Transtainer® (also known as RTG - Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane) operates in parallel with more ReachStackers on the same terminal. In this way you can train several operators in parallel, using several simulators that share the same environment and interact with each other.
Training of heavy machinery operators involves several problems both from the safety and economical point of view, reduce the risk involved in handling a crane or vehicle by an inexperienced user.
The operation of hazardous machine by an inexpert operator implies a high risk, and some of the exercises that benefit the learning process are not possible in real machinery, as they imply danger for the driver and the equipment. On the other hand, dedication of equipment units to training tasks implies a high cost for the company.
The simulators of port machinery developed by LSyM go beyond the classic motivation presented above, since they are implemented through instructional designs that also pursue other objectives, all in the line of carrying out a more complete training that allows the acquisition of new skills impossibles to achieve through actual crane training.
Basically you can mark the following aspects:
- Training in hazardous tasks, with dangerous exercises that have caused real accidents in the past
- Training in conditions of stress, to improve performance in advanced users
- Training in extreme weather conditions, not only low visibility, but with cracked wind and deep sea
- Training taking into account faults that can alter the correct functioning of the crane
- Training with distracting elements that produce oversights in the manipulator
All this is monitored by a skills assessment system and a post-exercise analysis system (debriefing) which allows the instructor to place an objective confidence that the skills necessary for the handling of cranes and port vehicles in a Real environment have already been acquired.