Crane Simulator Rodeo to Take Place at NACB’s November Expo


Crane simulators have helped a variety of industries like construction, mining, manufacturing, military, energy, and more to learn about crane operation.

“With the ability to create and manipulate scenarios for crane operators to experience, trainers literally create an operator,” said L.D. Stutes, vice president of sales and marketing at North American Crane Bureau. “With no risk, and no expanded costs to simulator operation, companies are finding that their operators are training more frequently and effectively, and have not only become more competent and effective, but also more knowledgeable and safer.”

NACB has been offering crane training simulators for nearly 15 years, manufacturing them under the NACB International Educational Systems (IES) name. To showcase its simulators, the annual crane simulator rodeo will take place Nov. 16-19 at NACB’s Lifting and Load Handling Training Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

“The crane simulator rodeos are a hit with our clients,” said Stutes. “This brings not only a learning component via simulation, but an enjoyable and competitive aspect to the training event.”

The crane simulator rodeo captures the essence of the Lifting and Load Handling Training Expo, where crane and lifting professionals come together to discuss changes and developments related to ASME, ANSI, ISO and OSHA, while embracing the camaraderie that the competition and networking activity generates. In addition to the crane simulator rodeo, NACB will also hold the rigging rodeo at the event.

Last year, NACB implemented significant changes to the event format. Attendees now benefit from smaller group learning environments with greater interaction and the integration of props and other learning tools, such as custom-made, small scale working cranes to demonstrate factors such as ground bearing and also wind tunnel models to demonstrate the environmental impact on lifting equipment and loads.

Stutes said: “Our attendees have taught us that this mix keeps the event alive. The Lifting and Load Handling Training Expo allows them to listen, see, learn and teach. The desire to promote attendees to interact with each other only brings the event to a higher level.”

This year’s event will include seminars on rigging, inspector training, load charts, lift planning, ground support and current regulations pertaining to mobile cranes, overhead cranes, hoist systems, aerial work platforms, lift trucks, and other assorted lifting equipment.

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