Vir­tual work­place ex­pe­ri­ence

Sim­u­la­tors are suc­cess­fully help­ing peo­ple pre­pare for a ca­reer, writes Tom Bow­den

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SIM­U­LA­TORS can help students in their ca­reer de­ci­sion-mak­ing process and are a vi­tal tool for those al­ready in the work­force to plot their job progress, says the Civil Con­trac­tors Fed­er­a­tion.

Its train­ing arm Civil Train is one of the providers that pre­pares peo­ple for a ca­reer in the civil con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

It op­er­ates a train­ing fa­cil­ity at The­bar­ton and of­fers a range of na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited and non-ac­cred­ited cour­ses and pro­grams that in­clude us­ing ad­vanced sim­u­la­tors as part of the cur­ricu­lum.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Suther­land says train­ing ma­chines that sim­u­late driv­ing or oper­at­ing a heavy ve­hi­cle and plant pro­vides students with close to a real-life ex­pe­ri­ence in the class­room.

‘‘ On any mea­sure, our suite of sim­u­la­tors has been a suc­cess story,’’ he says.

‘‘ We an­tic­i­pate that de­mand for sim­u­la­tor train­ing will grow as the ben­e­fits of this type of train­ing be­come bet­ter known, ul­ti­mately lead­ing to a point where the use of civil sim­u­la­tion is stan­dard­ised.

‘‘ It is very pop­u­lar with young peo­ple who have grown up in a world dom­i­nated by visual sen­sory tech­nol­ogy.’’

Civil con­struc­tion is of­ten re­ferred to as hor­i­zon­tal engi­neer­ing as it deals with a di­verse range of pre­con­struc­tion engi­neer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. It in­cludes build­ing and re­pair­ing roads, bridges, tun­nels and free­ways.

The civil sec­tor in South Aus­tralia rep­re­sents at least 40 per cent, or 350,000, of Aus­tralia’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try work­force. They are in­volved in some of the states largest build­ing and rede­vel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of the new Royal Ade­laide Hospi­tal, Ade­laide Oval rede­vel­op­ment, du­pli­ca­tion of the South­ern Ex­press­way, con­struc­tion of the South Rd Su­per­way el­e­vated free­way, ex­ten­sion of the rail line from Noar­lunga Cen­tre to Seaford and con­struc­tion of the Ade­laide De­sali­na­tion Plant. Oc­cu­pa­tions in the civil con­struc­tion in­dus­try in­clude plant op­er­a­tor, con­crete worker, pipe layer, driller, line marker, works su­per­vi­sor, es­ti­ma­tor, drafts­man, soil tech­ni­cian and quan­tity sur­veyor.

Pic­ture: Camp­bell Brodie

TECH­NOL­OGY: The sim­u­la­tors room of the Civil Con­trac­tors Fed­er­a­tion train­ing cen­tre at The­bar­ton.

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