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Bus Training Simulators Prevent Job Strain, Improve Retention

Published on September 10, 2019

As Jared Stancil, a VP at Nashville-based Anchor Tours, told a reporter back in 2013, “We have already invested a lot of time and energy in the drivers we have hired, and it is becoming increasingly harder to replace them. This is a very tough market for us to find quality drivers.” Conditions haven’t changed. … Continued

Filming Police Simulation Training Videos: Capturing Video

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Filming Police Simulation Training Videos: Capturing Video
  It takes a sharp eye and attentive mind to translate what you see on your camera’s three-inch monitor to what a trainee will see on the wall-sized screen of your training sim. All video production revolves around framing or “blocking your shots.” In a properly blocked shot: Everything you want the audience to see … Continued

Human Factors Research: “Trust Issues” with Autonomous Vehicles

Published on September 4, 2019

Human Factors Research: “Trust Issues” with Autonomous Vehicles
  When it comes to autonomous vehicles, we have trust issues. On the one hand, adoption will be slow (or non-existent) until we develop a certain baseline level of trust in these systems. On the other hand, human factors research has shown that laypeople often vastly over-rely on autonomous systems.  Human Factors Research Highlights the … Continued

Better Fire Fighter Training, Reduced Risk of Injury

Published on August 30, 2019

Better Fire Fighter Training, Reduced Risk of Injury
  Fighting fires is obviously dangerous, but the public often overlooks how dangerous it can be. From the past year: “member suffered a seizure during training, resulting in a very serious fall” “nearly fatal electrical shock during a training exercise” “firefighter trainee killed while participating in a live-fire exercise when he and two other firefighters … Continued

Filming Police Simulation Training Videos: Choosing A Camera

Published on August 27, 2019

Filming Police Simulation Training Videos: Choosing A Camera
When you start looking at the possibilities of making your own immersive police training videos, it’s easy to get fixated on the technology–especially cameras.  That’s not really necessary. There are major motion pictures shot entirely on iPhones–and absolutely awful movies filmed with the very best equipment money can buy. Sure, it’s great to have RED … Continued

New GRT simulator allows drivers to practice skills

Published on August 23, 2019

Grand River Transit (GRT) bus operators are practicing their driving skills using a new driver simulator. It’s located at the Strasburg Road facility in Kitchener. In order to create a realistic virtual environment, the simulator was built using actual bus parts. The software is programmed using real bus and roadway dimensions, as well as vehicle … Continued

Fire Pump Training Effectiveness Increased through Simulation

Published on August 20, 2019

Fire Pump Training Effectiveness Increased through Simulation
  According to Phil Duczyminski, a training officer for the City of Novi (Michigan) Fire Department, there are many factors working against the most effective possible fire pump training. First and foremost, there are huge disincentives to tying up equipment doing something other than fighting a fire. Duczyminski ticks these off: “Taking a truck out … Continued