Trimble Earthworks for excavators software works in parallel with CM Labs’ software and runs on a tablet, which the user can connect to the simulator.  - Photo: CM Labs

Trimble Earthworks for excavators software works in parallel with CM Labs’ software and runs on a tablet, which the user can connect to the simulator. 

Photo: CM Labs

CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, has released an integration with the Trimble Earthworks grade control platform on the excavator simulator. This collaboration between industry leaders provides training for Trimble’s grade control solution that has gained widespread adoption.

“As technology in heavy equipment expands, so does the need to train operators on new capabilities,” said Julien Richer-Lanciault, product manager at CM Labs. “Grade control systems such as Trimble Earthworks are gaining more traction as the industry moves towards automation. Simulation provides training organizations with simplified access to these technologies while ensuring their curriculum meets the needs of a changing market.”

Trimble Earthworks for Excavators software works in parallel with CM Labs’ software and runs on a tablet, which the user can connect to the simulator. Using the simulator, visual aids are overlaid onto the existing ground along with cut/fill information, slope data, and other customizable reference points to provide the user with a better understanding of the work that needs to be done. A variety of configurable views makes it easier to obtain the right perspective for maximum training value. Trimble Earthworks, combined with CM Labs’ unmatched machine realism, builds skills that transfer directly to the worksite, and teaches operators of all experience levels how to work more efficiently.

Trimble Earthworks is now available as an add-on with CM Labs’ excavator training pack and will be expanded to other earthmoving modules. The software is compatible with all of CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators, including the desktop Vortex Edge Plus, the motion-enabled Vortex Edge Max, and the high-immersion Vortex Advantage.