Simulation Zone takes centre stage at Plantworx

Plantforce Rentals is bringing advanced simulation technology to Plantworx 2019.

The new state-of-the-art zone, located in the indoor arena, will be the UK’s first fully interactive construction Simulation Zone of its size, which will promote virtual interactive training.

The new Zone was the brain child of Plantforce Rental’s Dale Hawkins, who is leading the way in simulation training, and has introduced this technology to tier one contractors on major infrastructure and rail projects such as HS2 and nuclear project Hinkley Point C.

Dale reported: “Using state of the art simulation we have teamed up with a number of industry key players such as Trimble, GKD Technologies, Prolec, Leica -Geosystems, Tenstar Simulation, and SiteZone – to bring what will be a ‘world first’ to Plantworx. Visitors to the Zone will be able to experience each of the technologies and work together in construction site challenges.”

Dale added: “This Zone will highlight the very latest technology in construction and how it is changing the way we work in an informal and fun environment.”

Plantforce Rentals has invested just over 200k into simulation to train its own plant operators to the highest of standards in, fuel efficiency, GPS machine control, height and slew restriction, proximity warning, hand eye co-ordination and hazard perception.

Dale concluded: “We wanted to share our expertise with Plantworx visitors and exhibitors and encourage everyone at the show, no matter what their ability, to come and experience the Zone for themselves and unleash their potential.”

The Simulation Zone will comprise six state-of the-art simulators and a fully immersive ‘Mission Room 360°’ both will replicate ‘real working construction sites’ - but in a virtual world.

Each of the simulators will be linked and will represent an individual construction machine – an excavator, wheel loader, tower crane, dozer or an articulated dump truck – as examples. Visitors to the zone will be invited to work together on the simulators in the virtual world to complete tasks on a construction site. Spectators will be offered oculus rift headsets to join the virtual world as bystanders and offer encouragement and support to the participants.

A number of 80-inch screens and a huge event screen will project live feeds from the simulators and their operators, which will create a major visual and audible impact. All Plantworx visitors will be invited to participate. Immersive training experts will be on hand to guide each participant through the virtual world of simulation technology. Companies and contractors who would like to investigate this type of training are also invited to experience what the zone has to offer. No previous experience is necessary.

For visitors who wish to pre-book their spot at Plantworx, particularly if you would like to work as a team, visit

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