“Fleet”: The life blood of mining companies

The fleet is the life blood for all surface mining operations and its safe and efficient operation is essential to mine profitability. The effective training of operators of complex mining equipment like Haul Trucks, Dumpers, Excavators, Backhoes, Shovels etc entrenches safety and optimizes production tonnage. TecknoSim Mining Driving Simulators promote safety of operation and attain consistently high levels of operator efficiency by using state-of-the-art simulator training techniques.

The Driving Simulator includes simulated cab that accurately replicates the interior of the actual vehicle. The student operates from a driver’s seat, surrounded by instruments and controls positioned at ergonomically correct locations. The driver is immersed in a highly realistic 3D virtual world, projected on three wide screen displays located about the operator’s cab with actual steering and braking systems, lights, horn, indicators, pedals and gauges.

The Mining Equipment Simulator system is delivered with a specially customized mine terrain. This simulated 3D mine terrain comes complete with artificially intelligent shovels, excavators, dozers and other support equipment, together with pit, dump and crusher areas. Exercises may be configured for various training options, including different loads, loading methods, soil types, weather conditions, night driving, sub-system failures and advanced emergency situations.

ll aspects of the driver’s loading, hauling, dumping operations etc are continuously monitored and recorded by the simulation system, including adherence to safety procedures, response to emergency situations and failures, driving techniques and productivity. These performance reports together with the instructor’s after-action review capability provide a complete training and evaluation system. Highly efficient and effective training is therefore realized on the simulator system with “No loss of production and No danger of accidents, even in the most complex of emergency situations.”

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Motorcycle, driving simulators teach safety, save lives

TecknoSim Rider

Riding a motorcycle is not as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s easier to crash than most people realize.The Army Traffic Safety Training Program, currently located on West Fort Hood, helps first time riders and experienced riders learn how to operate a motorcycle safely. The program also teaches safe driving. The program uses motorcycle and driving simulation programs thatrecreate the look and feel of actually  being on a motorcycle or behind the wheel of a car. The motorcycle simulators are so realistic, riders sit on the bodies of Bavarian Motor Works bikes and experience the feel of real riding, including road hazards. 

“You can operate these simulators and if you make a mistake it will simulate a crash,” said Horst Loechel, occupational health and safety specialist, Fort Hood Garrison Safety. “You get to experience a crash without getting hurt.” 

Loechel said the simulators help riders get the experience they need on motorcycles before venturing out on a real bike. “Riders actually improve their clutching, shifting and braking before they get out on the range,” he said. “It speeds up the learning curve and improves safe riding.” 

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Ticket to Drive Safely at 70?

Ticket to drive The recent proposal to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to ban people over 72 from driving is neither necessary nor fair Sunanda Sen, 79, does not need to drive regularly. But he does take out his car occasionally to go to the neighbourhood market, bank or post office. So far he has been driving the short distances without any problems whatsoever. So naturally, Sen is piqued by the government’s recent proposal to stop issuing driving licences to those above 72 years of age. “The government should find out how many road accidents are caused by people over 72 and how many by those who are young. Older drivers are usually much more cautious and they drive slowly.” Sen and many other senior citizens make the point that such a blanket ban, if it were to be implemented, would be arbitrary and unfair as a person’s ability to drive depends on his or her state of health rather than his or her age. At present the law does not set any age limit for the renewal of driving licences. Says Protik Prokash Banerji, lawyer, Calcutta High Court, “Section 9 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, states the eligibility criteria for getting a driving licence. But it does not say anything about an age limit beyond which a licence cannot be issued.” Clause 14 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, states that for those under 40 years of age the licence to drive non-transport vehicles is to be issued or renewed for a period of 20 years, or until the date on which the holder attains 40 years of age. Thereafter, the licence would be renewed every five years. Section 15, Clause 1, of the current law does have a provision that gives the licensing authority the right to ask for a medical certificate if the person is over 40. The licence may not be renewed if the medical certificate is not favourable or if the person suffers from a disease or a disability that may make him unfit for driving safely. However, Sen says that rule is almost never followed. “I don’t remember having been asked to undergo a medical check up when I went to renew my driving licence the last couple of times.” Section 19 of the Act states that the licensing authority has the power to disqualify an individual from holding a licence or revoke the licence if he or she is a habitual criminal or a habitual drunkard, or is addicted to any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. But even here there is no mention of old age as a probable cause for becoming ineligible for a driving licence or the renewal of a licence. In fact, countries like the US or the UK too do not fix any upper age limit for driving licences to be issued. Says Professor K. Ganapathy, former president, Neurological Society of India and president elect, Indian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, “A person’s chronological age cannot be a criteria here. A 72-year-old could be biologically like a 50-year-old and vice versa. After the age of 60, physical and mental evaluation should be made mandatory once every two years till the age of 70, and then once a year till the age of 80. It should be once in 6 months till the age of 85, after which no driving licence should be issued.” Adds Rohit Baluja, president, Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE), New Delhi, “Seventy-two is a relatively young age these days. Whether or not one is able to drive depends on the health of the individual rather than his age.” Baluja, who represents India at the UN Global Road Safety Commission, also points out that an age-related ban would be even more difficult in smaller towns where there aren’t adequate facilities for transportation. “In such places people have to drive themselves and so the ban is sure to affect them adversely.” However, there are those who feel that there is some merit in making older citizens ineligible to drive. Suman Chattopadhyay, secretary general, Automobile Association of Eastern India (AAEI), points out, “The proposal has been made keeping in mind the health problems that generally crop up or are more pronounced in old age. Besides, one’s reflexes are no longer what they used to be in one’s younger days. The traffic in cities like Calcutta, Delhi or Mumbai is also not conducive to old age driving.” Baluja also concedes that the reflexes of a 70-year-old are not the same as that of a younger person. And since safe driving is primarily dependent on one’s reflexes, this may become a critical factor in old age. “Moreover, the older generation is not used to today’s heavy traffic.” But there is no denying that taking away a healthy elderly person’s right to drive could seriously affect his mobility. Many senior citizens live alone. If they were forbidden to drive their own vehicles, they would have to depend on drivers. And that could be a strain on their finances. That is why most experts feel that instead of issuing a blanket ban on their right to drive, older people should be made to undergo stringent and regular checks of key parameters like vision, reflexes and hearing to see if they are fit to drive. Says Banerji, “These parameters should be checked every year. In recent years, the most common cause of accidents has been driving under the influence of liquor and rash driving by younger people. They were not caused by people over 72 years of age.” Harman Sidhu of Arrive Safe, a Chandigarh-based non governmental organisation that educates people about road safety, says, “Not only should the interval between medical tests be reduced, old people should not be allowed to drive at night and beyond a certain speed limit.” So rather than banning older citizens from driving, maybe it is time to plug the loopholes in existing laws so as to make sure that no matter what their age, people are physically and mentally fit to drive safely. Is the government listening?

First Indian Motorbike Simulator for improving Road Safety

For the first time in India , An Advanced Motorbike Simulator has been developed by an India Company Tecknotrove Systems to train motorbikers on how to ride a bike safey. With India ranking first in the number of road accidents with maximum involvement of 2 wheelers, this simulator will prove to be most useful for the Road Safety Specialists who are looking at improve safety standards & reducing the number of Road accidents.

TecknoSim Rider Training Simulator is a fully functional Motorbike simulator that enables professional training on the actual bike before riding on roads. TecknoSim Rider allows experiencing & learning the basic vehicle controls, techniques of safe riding & the react to potential hazards on roads in a completely safe environment. It is a “simple tool built onaworld class technology” to teach the techniques of Safe Riding.

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