This week, Dredge Technology Corporation (DTC) started its Cutter Suction Simulator Training for the first time in the United States.
In collaboration with the Training Institute for Dredging, DTC set up shop temporarily in Clearwater, Florida, to offer this intensive and practical simulator training program. For a duration of two weeks, three-day training sessions are offered to both novice and experienced dredge operators, as well as superintendents.
Monday, April 8, saw the start of the first training session, which was attended by a diverse group of employees from dredging contractors such as Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) and Weeks Marine.
Participants took part in group sessions during which key aspects of cutter dredgers and the dredging process were addressed. Two of TID’s team of experienced trainers discussed a number of best practices for cutter operators, preparing participants for the cutter simulator sessions.
During these simulator sessions, participants worked through various dredging scenarios and ways of responding accordingly. This valuable practice time enabled them to gain new insights regarding process optimization under different circumstances. Meanwhile, TID’s trainers guided the participants through the dredging process and demonstrated which factors to manipulate to achieve optimal production.
This first session has been well received by participating parties, with positive feedback for the trainers and organizations involved. As Scott Baumann, Project Engineer at GLDD stated: “I enjoyed the material discussed and liked the practical knowledge of the instructors”.
Another participant expressed to be pleased with the training program and planned to recommend it to his colleagues.
The Cutter Suction Simulator training is one of the most successful and appreciated training programs offered by TID. Typically, this training enables participants to test their enhanced knowledge and ultimately, to optimize the use of their dredging equipment. Interested parties that missed out on this opportunity can opt for the next simulator training, to be held in the Netherlands in November 2013.
Press Release, April 12, 2013