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PC-Based Equipment Simulators: Cost-Effective Hands-On Training Tools

Now even better! The simulation software puts you at the controls of a modern “rock truck” at work in a typical quarry, in interaction with a simulated Wheel Loader. Version 2.0 brings significant improvements to provide even more operator training help, including substantial graphics refinements to the haul truck, the dashboard inside the cabin, and the simulated quarry, new simulated physics with several levels of wet/slippery driving conditions, and many levels of “fog”. Four brand new Simulation Modules have been added, including a new Simulation Module just to practice driving in reverse. There are also new Performance Indicators associated with tire management and poor operating practices.

You can either use your own PC or choose the convenience of our PC bundle with the software already installed, licensed, and ready to go in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. There are even keyboard function keys and mouse controls to change the point of view during the simulation.

Now use 3 Displays to create a field of view of 180 degrees. (You can still use just one display, if space is limited).

And unique to our software, all you need is one off-the-shelf PC!


Off-highway Truck simulator sample screenshot
Off-highway Truck simulator example screenshot

Off-Highway Haul Truck Software Description

There are ten Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty, starting with Controls Familiarization. The final module, Complete Haul Cycle 2, combines loading, hauling, and dumping. A simulated Wheel Loader is built right in, to help teach truck spotting interaction.

Simulation Modules

  • Controls Familiarization

  • Corridor Driving 1

  • Corridor Driving 2

  • Corridor Driving 3

  • Mine Site Driving 1

  • Mine Site Driving 2

  • Dumping

  • Loading

  • Complete Haul Cycle

  • Complete Haul Cycle 2

Key Features

  • Highly realistic simulation graphics and physics

  • 10 Simulation Modules of increasing difficulty

  • 36 unique Performance Indicators to comprehensively evaluate the simulated work

  • 7 Procedure and Fatal errors to detect incorrect and unsafe operator actions

  • Many kinds of USB-ready simulator controls and mounting options

  • Support for multiple displays

  • Configuration parameters for different weather and road conditions

  • Viewpoints from inside and outside the cabin that can be changed during simulation

  • HD Instructional Video for each Simulation Module

  • e-book Instructional Companion


Tracking Results

Thirty-six (36) unique key performance indicators carefully measure the productivity and quality of the student’s work, as they progress their way through the simulation modules. The simulation results measured include “Execution time,” “Incorrect use of truck functions,” “Positioning time for loading/dumping,” and “Number of collisions.


Simulation results are automatically saved on the PC, along with data about any procedure and fatal errors. To simplify record keeping, a database product called Simulation Manager is available; the same database can be used with all of the simulators VISTA sells.


Software Pricing

Please contact us for pricing of a commercial software license for the off-highway truck simulator. Even small accidents due to inexperience can cost thousands of dollars in replacement parts and downtime, far in excess of your investment in this training tool. This simulator represents an excellent training value and improves operator safety - a priceless investment in the health and wellness of the workers in your mining or aggregate operations.

Software Description

Off-Highway Haul Truck Simulator Controls

The off-highway haul truck simulator is designed to be used with two styles of controls, which provide different levels of realism, portability and cost:

PC Controls are inexpensive and transportable. The Logitech G27 steering wheel comes with a gear shifter with pushbuttons and foot pedals that can be used to control the simulator via a USB port on your computer. You can configure the middle pedal to be used as a retarder pedal. The throttle control of a Logitech Attack 3 joystick can also be configured to serve as the retarder.

Replica Controls

Simulator Controls
Off-highway Truck simulator control lever
Off-highway Truck simulator retarder lever
Off-highway Truck simulator steering wheel
Off-highway Truck simulator pedals example

Replica Controls for the Off-Highway Truck Personal Simulator feature industrial strength components suitable for both table-top mounting and Simlog’s Operator Chair.

To complete the Replica Controls, add the Logitech “G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel” consisting of a steering wheel and a three-pedal unit, and the Industrial Transmission Lever suitable for many other Personal Simulators. (The Logitech “Driving Force Shifter” can also be used.)

Instead of configuring the middle pedal to be used as a Retarder Pedal, you can also set up a Retarder Lever using a special industrial USB joystick and matching table-top mounting bracket.

Possible Setups

Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator with 1 screen
Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator with 3 screens
Here are two possible arrangements, one with a single display in front that is wall-mounted and one with three displays arranged side-by-side on a table.

Custom Travel Cases for Replica Controls

Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator travel case
Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator stacking travel cases
Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator travel case with wheels

For all setups, Simlog's Custom Travel Case makes transportation easy.

Key Features

  • Made-to-measure, with dedicated slots for levers, joysticks, pedals, steering wheel, and table-top mounting brackets

  • Space for a laptop PC, cables, and documentation

  • Pull-out handle, with multiple positions

  • Wheels (casters)

  • Cases are "stackable," for easy transport.



  • Overall dimensions: 30 (76cm) x 24 (61cm) x 19 (50cm)

  • Approximate weight: 50 lbs. (23 kg) when empty, up to 100 lbs. (46 kg) when full (depending upon the Replica Controls.)

Operator Chair

Simlog’s Operator Chair with industrial controls is a cost-effective way to train off-highway truck operators, with our Off-Highway Truck simulator software in a safe and realistic environment.

Compared to Table-Top Mounting Brackets, Simlog’s Operator Chair offers a superior simulation experience, thanks to an authentic operator seat with consoles for the left and right hands, and a steering column. All are mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability.

The left and right consoles include a Hoist Control Lever and a Transmission Lever, to simulate an authentic operating experience, with the Retarder Lever mounted to the industrial steering wheel. The steering column is adjustable, and easily pivots and telescopes to numerous angles.

The Operator Chair also includes integrated pedals featuring secondary and service brakes and throttle functions. If desired, you can configure the middle pedal to be used as a retarder pedal, by selecting the appropriate option in the simulation software. If you already have a Simlog Operator Chair that you are using with some other Personal Simulator, you may be able to re-configure that Operator Chair by purchasing additional elements. To learn more, please contact Simlog.


Possible Setups

Operator Chair
Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator operator chair 1 screen
Off-highway Truck tabletop simulator operator chair with 3 screens

Here are two possible arrangements, one with a single display in front and one with three displays in front arranged side-by-side.

Key Features

  • Authentic industrial operator seat, with headrest, air suspension, and seat-belt

  • Adjustable seat position (forward/backwards, three vertical positions)

  • Adjustable armrests (in height and angle)

  • Integrated left console for the Hoist Control Lever and viewpoint changing switches

  • Integrated right console for the Transmission Lever and parking brake

  • Full steering column with pivot and telescope capabilities

  • Fully functional industrial style pedals

  • Five possible pedal positions, to create the typical placements found in real operator cabins

  • Steel platform with heavy-duty casters for easy portability


  • Overall Dimensions: L 60” (152.4 cm) x W 30” (76.2 cm) x H 47” (119.4 cm)

  • Weight: 385 lbs. (175 kg)

  • Shipping Dimensions: 67″ (170.2 cm) x 43″ (109.2 cm) x 44″ (118.8 cm)

  • Shipping Weight: approximately 550 lbs. (250 kg) One unit per skid, not stackable

  • 120 VAC/60 Hz, 220-240VAC/50 Hz

Vibration System

Vibration increases the realism of our Personal Simulators by adding physical (tactile) feedback to the audio and visual, making the experience more “immersive” at little additional cost, especially when compared to a motion platform.

The vibration that you feel is generated from the simulation software’s audio system as things happen. Engine idling, collisions with obstacles, digging virtual terrain, etc. can all be seen, heard and experienced! Adding vibration improves the realism of the simulation and makes the simulator-based training more compelling, encouraging trainees to be more serious and learn more carefully.

For our Operator Chairs, Simlog offers a vibration system that includes the “ButtKicker Simulation Kit” plus special mounting for the operator seat. The “ButtKicker” is a low-frequency sound transducer equipped with its own amplifier and “volume” controller to change the “force” of the vibration created by the simulation software sounds.

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