GlobalSim will supply two simulators to Terminal Zárate in Buenos Aires, one with a virtual reality headset.
Terminal Zárate is investing in training with the purchase of two new simulators from GlobalSim. “When we began revamping our logistics, the fundamental essence was to train our staff and develop operators to become more efficient” said Gustavo Oliver, General Manager at Terminal Zárate. “We knew that incorporating a GlobalSim simulator into our programme would be just the element we needed to accomplish our training goals” remarked Oliver.
The first crane simulator is GlobalSim’s “Essential Plus system”— which includes a crane operator’s chair and real, changeable, crane controls. For Terminal Zárate the configuration options include RTGs, Mobile Harbour cranes, and Ship Pedestal cranes.
The second simulator is a portable virtual reality system that will provide training for operators on an hydraulic telescopic crane. GlobalSim clarified for WorldCargo News that the “hydraulic telescopic crane” is a Grove construction crane (pictured).
There is currently a debate in the simulation industry over whether and how to use virtual reality headsets, which ‘immerse’ the trainee in a virtual experience, but do not offer the same experience with regard to peripheral vision and operating real controls from a system like GlobalSim’s Essential Plus. As the technology evolves, however, use of VR headsets is increasing.
“This is an exciting project for GlobalSim as we look forward to partner with Terminal Zárate to provide these simulators” exclaims Oscar Delgado, International Sales Director at GlobalSim. “Terminal Zárate will have the ability to conduct simulated, real-life situations seen in their area and cut the time and costs of their training” says Delgado.
The simulators are currently being developed at GlobalSim’s headquarters in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Once completed, the systems will undergo testing before being installed at Terminal Zárate in Q2 2019. “GlobalSim’s simulators are as real as the actual equipment” remarked Oliver. “We know it is going to make the transition to actual equipment easier for our operators.”