Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Oct. 4, 2011
SIMULATION TRAINING PREPARES SNOWPLOW OPERATORS
VDOT workers get hands-on training before the snow comes
CULPEPER — This week, equipment operators in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District are receiving simulation-based snowplow training in preparation for winter weather.
L-3 DP Associates, Inc., a technology and training company based out of Alexandria, provides the training, all of which occurs inside a tractor-trailer that is brought on-site.
Operators go through a classroom session first and then take turns at the simulators, which provide a 270-degree line of vision and realistic steering and controls. They are taken through various situations to get a feel for the equipment, as well as hazards they may encounter on real roads: icy bridges, passing vehicles, trees across the road, etc.
“The simulators are a safe and cost-effective training tool to get our equipment operators thinking about the upcoming winter season,” says Billie Miller, safety officer for the Culpeper District. “They give our new operators hands-on experience that they otherwise wouldn’t get until the snow is on the ground.”
Culpeper District operators first engaged in L-3’s snowplow simulator training last season.
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