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Why Use Training Simulators?

Let me get something straight, Training over Simulators can never replace the need for training over actual physical equipment. That being said, it is however also a fact that training over simulators is much more beneficial as compared to training over actual equipment as 90% of the training can be given using less than 1% of the actual cost in resources, fuel, wear and tear and etc. Learn why one should use simulators for training in the following article.

In some cases benefits of training over simulator outweigh the limitations of the same exponentially.

Lets see a few examples to evaluate the cost benefit ratio of training over a simulator VS training on original equipment

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Financial Benefit

The most important benefit maybe the financial one. For our test case scenario lets take training over a driving simulator VS training over an actual vehicle.

Original Vehicle

Lets assume that we have a 800 cc car that runs on petrol

Assuming in best case scenario average consumption of petrol is 15 km / litre

Assuming that the driver drives 200 km at an speed of 100 km / hour.

Applying simple maths we get following

Time taken to drive 200 km = 2 Hours

Fuel consumed = 13.3 Litres

Current rate of petrol is PKR 82 / litre

Total expense on petrol = PKR 1093.33/-

Training over Simulator

Lets make same assumption that we have a 800 cc car that runs on petrol

Assuming that the Simulator consumes 1500 W of energy per hour.

And that the driver drives 200 km at an speed of 100 km / hour.

Applying simple maths we get following

Time taken to drive 200 km = 2 Hours

Total Power consumed in 2 hours = 3000W

Assuming that power rate per KW is 12 PKR / KWH

Total cost sustained for 2 hours of training = PKR 24/-

Result Obtained For This Test Case Scenario

Cost saved by using simulator = 1069 PKR

Percentage of cost saved =  97.8 % cost saved by using driving simulator

OR

Total 2.19% of the actual expense made when training over a driving simulator.

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Wear and Tear

When we use original equipment for training, it’s not just the fuel that is being consumed, if the equipment is a vehicle than in addition of fuel it consumes engine oil, emits carbon dioxide hence generating pollution, cost of engine maintenance adds up, tires wear off and have to be changed after a certain time, oil has to be changed, overall vehicle maintenance also cannot be overlooked. This adds up cost of operations.

Whereas when we are using a training simulator, there is no such wear and tear as the equipment is just sitting in a room and not going anywhere :), there is no fuel consumption, there is no engine maintenance, tires doesn’t have to be changed, there is no body maintenance and there is certainly no pollution. Hence the cost of operations is almost non existent.

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Training Scenarios

Why one should use simulators for training? because of training scenarios: when training in real life environment, the selection of environment is limited to what is naturally available. For example, if an instructor wants to train a driver on how to drive in heavy rain and limited visibility but its sunny outside than he can’t do anything because the desired scenario is not naturally available. Similarly is the case with snowfall, the instructor will have to wait till winter season to be able to train the driver in such exercises and if the training is being given in Karachi then he will have to wait for a miracle because it never snows in Karachi.

However, in a simulated environment, all the instructor has to do is click on a button and the weather changes for the driver. So by just sitting in a room, instructor can provide training over a wide range of environments, weather conditions and time of the day. Following are some of the benefits of using a simulator based training approach.

  • It’s the safest way of training
  • No damage to actual equipment
  • No damage to environment
  • No wear and tear
  • No maintenance required
  • Training can be provided on multiple type of vehicles by changing software and using the same hardware
  • Training can be provided over variety of terrains (city, hilly, mountains, desert, motorway and etc)
  • Training can be provided at any time of the day.
  • Training over a wide range of weather for example clear skies, rain and snow all year long
  • Visibility (fog) can be changed any time during the course of exercise
  • Training in extreme environments
  • Performance of the trainee is recorded in database for future reference and assessments
  • Can be used 24 hours a day

Conclusion

Apart from all the theories, in our experience, drivers trained over simulator based equipment show 800% better driving skills and awareness to the environment as compared to the ones that are trained in actual equipment.

That’s because in a simulated environment the trainee can be subjected to extreme training environments that are not physically possible in reality thus the decision making power , reflexes and skills of the driver trained in simulated environment are much higher than that of those who are trained on original equipment.

This is why one should use simulators for training as compared to actual equipment.

Following video demonstrate the type of equipment we design for training.

Click here for more information on our driving simulator

 

 

Absar A. Ansari

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