A new crane simulator in the School of Construction is used to challenge students with situations faced by crane operators running many types of cranes on the typical construction worksite.Using a digital screen and construction-related software, students work through a variety of scenarios that they may someday encounter in the field.
“What this helps our students do is to understand that the person behind the controls can be in some very stressful situations,” Assistant Professor Bill Strenth said. “Having a simulator like this is a major asset because the students learn how a crane is operated without the danger, pressure and stress of an actual worksite. So, when they graduate, they can go to the field and already understand the challenges of having a crane on their jobsite.”
The new crane simulator is located in the simulation lab, which also features a variety of other construction-related equipment simulators.