Training staff to use deep foundation equipment no longer means having to let them loose on multi-million pound equipment following launch of Liebherr’s new simulator.
The development follows on from the popularity of similar training simulators for other Liebherr construction equipment and uses original machine software and hardware to enhance the learning environment.
Using the simulator trainees can practice using Liebherr’s LB 28 rotary drilling rig with continuous flight auger (CFA), Kelly bar and casings as well as an LR 1300 crawler crane have been modelled. In addition, a realistic construction site has been created virtually with adjacent buildings, roads and fences as well as obstacles such as uneven ground, I-beams or rocks.
The drilling rig simulation replicates all aspects of the machine’s real functions: the centre of mass changes automatically depending on the attachment; different soil conditions and their effects on both drilling physics and the crawlers of the machine are considered. It offers different training scenarios including basic drilling with Kelly bar as well as travelling with Kelly bar and CFA.
According to Liebherr, a major benefit of this type of training is the ability to simulate harsh environmental conditions when required. “This allows trainees to gain valuable experience in challenging situations without posing any safety risks,” said the company. “The resulting increase in skill allows for safe and productive operation under similar conditions in the real world.”