Crane Simulators

The exercise is simulated, the skills are real.

Developed with operators, trainers and simulation experts, the Vortex crane simulators, from CM Labs, offer a range of simulators to help train heavy equipment operators.

With these simulators, essential skills are developed, and experience gained, leading to increased safety, faster operations, and reduced training costs with the real equipment.

All Vortex crane simulators provide stunning realism through four components:

  • Lifelike 3D visuals
  • High-fidelity equipment dynamics & environmental effects
  • Authentic machine sounds
  • Real machine controls.

Construction Equipment

From crowded city sites to the open countryside, a wide range of machines and training exercises for construction operators simulate;

  • Mobile cranes (both truck and crawler)
  • Tower cranes
  • Concrete pumps
  • Earth movers and excavators
  • Concrete placements
  • Pile-driving, clamming, drag-lining

Offshore Cranes

Simulators for offshore heavy-lift operations on drill rigs, back-loading supply vessels and performing sub-sea lifts on intervention ships;

  • Pedestal boom crane
  • Knuckle boom crane
  • Knuckle boom pipe-handling system
  • Box boom crane
  • Gantry crane

Port Cranes

Efficient port operations are an essential part of the training process. Exercises teach operators to increase moves per hour, understand terminal processing and traffic flow;

  • Ship-to-shore / quayside crane
  • Rubber-tired gantry crane
  • Straddle carrier
  • Mobile harbour crane
  • Reach-stacker
  • Dock and ship pedestal cranes
  • Bulk material handling


Work as a team, train as a team. Unique team-player simulation technology allows users to train the entire operations team in rigorous real-life exercises.

All operations team members must work together – for crane operations this means the operator, slinger and banksman (signaller) – to complete the training. If one fails, the team fails.

Vortex classroom-based learning provides multiple stations for all team members to learn correct procedures, best practices and teamwork – just like on the real job, while working to avoid operational mistakes and safety violations.

From job planning to after-action review, collaborative learning builds effective teams.