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APRIL 2019 • E&MJ 65 www.e-mj.com OPERATING STRATEGIES cy. Additionally, training sessions can be conducted for multiple participants in a safe environment, preventing risk of in- jury or material damage. Furthermore, it facilitates regular operator retraining and the implementation of an operator assessment process without impacting on-site productivity. According to Sandvik, the simulator has been designed to enable tailor-made training sessions to suit trainee experi- ence levels, using a range of exercises and simulated conditions in a variety of applications and situations. A report eval- uates and measures trainee performance, ensuring that the training is of direct ben- efi t to operators. Sandvik estimates use of the simula- tor can result in a 5% increase in annual productivity in rig availability alone. In addition, training costs are reduced by up to 35%, with training sessions able to be easily and safely conducted on-site with multiple operators. Getting It Right, the First Time For companies just getting into simula- tor training or that want to expand its us- age, Montreal, Canada-based CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, announced a new advisory service for organizations looking to cap- italize on use of simulation-based tech- nology. CM Labs said its SimGuide Ser- vice is designed to support companies at any stage of simulator adoption, whether they are developing a simulation-based training program for the fi rst time or ex- tending the use of their existing Vortex simulator. "By its nature, simulation is a high- ly fl exible technology," said Drew Car- ruthers, CM Labs' director of training solutions. "And while every company is different, we have implemented learning solutions for hundreds of clients. This means we are well qualifi ed to guide our clients to ensure that they get the maximum benefi t out of their simulator initiatives." The company said the SimGuide Ser- vice is ideal for clients who are looking to embed a simulator into new or exist- ing training programs. It is also suited for companies who are incorporating simulation into new initiatives, such as operator cross-training, or as an oper- ator recruitment and assessment tool. The fee-based service can be tailored to organizational requirements, but typical objectives include: • Previewing training programs to see where simulation fi ts. • Helping to develop a full "learning path" and structured training processes to ensure expected outcomes. • Helping organizations adapt to changes associated with simulation technology. • Assisting in quantifying and measuring the progress of the organization's overall simulation strategy. According to the company, SimGuide Service provides a complete road map that details how and when organizations should use simulators to achieve their targets. It leverages the best practices other simulator adopters have discovered, as well as the business cases they have developed to communicate the value of simulation to their organization. IBM Teams With Wearables Suppliers to Improve Safety IBM recently announced major collabora- tions with Garmin Health, Guardhat, Mit- sufuji and SmartCone to monitor worker safety in hazardous environments, includ- ing mining, using IoT technologies inte- grated into wearables. IBM said its Maximo Worker Insights will monitor biometric and environmental data to help identify whether employees are experiencing dangers or risk. Data will be gathered in near real-time from wear- ables, smart devices and environmental sensors to help organizations quickly re- spond to problems or react to changing environmental conditions. Employees working in rapidly chang- ing environments face shifting conditions. Utilizing IoT to understand what workers are doing in the context of the dynamic environment around them — including heat, height, weather and gas levels — allows organizations to implement near real-time and prescriptive safety practic- es to help protect the wellbeing of work- ers and which should help them maintain lower insurance costs, according to the company. Nonfatal workplace injuries account for nearly $60 billion in workers' compen- sation costs in the U.S. alone. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million nonfatal occupational in- juries were recorded in 2017. Although safety controls and personal protective equipment are mandatory in most hazard- ous jobs, this solution is designed to help companies identify and respond to prob- lems or react to changing environmental conditions. "Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace," said Kareem Yusuf, general manager, IBM Watson IoT. Garmin, a provider of wearable tech- nology, is teaming up with IBM to offer organizations that deploy the IBM Max- imo Worker Insights platform to receive alerts based on near real-time sen- Utilizing IoT to understand what workers are doing in the context of the dynamic environment around them, including heat, height, weather and gas levels, allows organizations to implement near real-time and prescriptive safety practices. Data will come from wearables, smart devices and environmental sensors.

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