Effect of introduction of computer-based simulation training

Sydac Pty Ltd has recently developed and deployed a Locomotive Oriver Training Simulator (LOTS) for Westrail in WA. Ownership subsequently transferred to the Australian Railroad Group Pty Ltd (ARG) when it assumed the rail freight and country rail network from Westrail. The LOTS was designed to provide new capabilities for driver training to enhance the conventional locomotive-based training then in practice. Westrail commissioned the LOTS on the premise of achieving savings in fuel consumption, brake wear and a reduction in damage related maintenance through improvements in train handling. Based on previous train driving simulators delivered to Queensland Rail by Sydac, the LOTS was one proposal examined following a study [1] commissioned in 1999 by Westrail to investigate variations in locomotive fuel consumption. Sydac proposed a solution that took advantage of advances in computer software and hardware that has allowed development of new methods of computer and simulator based training. Sydac's LOTS architecture has been developed over a number of years in conjunction with its customers who have had extensive experience in the use of Train Oriving Simulators and Part Task Trainers for their competency based training and action learning programs. The underlying training effectiveness and efficiency goals, the capabilities and functionality of the LOTS plus an outline of how these have been implemented are presented. A discussion of the effect of this introduction of computer based training is included. Proposed further capabilities and options available to the LOTS and ARG to continue to expand the training arenas aided by the LOTS will also be discussed.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:53AM