Ditch Witch Introduces HDD Virtual Reality Simulator

Cutting-edge training technology improves safety, gets HDD crews ready

Ditch Witch Introduces HDD Virtual Reality Simulator

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Ditch Witch has introduced an industry-first virtual reality simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill operators for safe underground construction. 

“Our next-generation HDD virtual reality simulator takes training to the next level by allowing operators to familiarize themselves with HDD equipment and experience a realistic job site without the potential risks of putting a novice operator in a complex environment,” says Greg Wolfe, Ditch Witch director of training. “Combined with our comprehensive Certified HDD Training curriculum, the simulator provides operators with the proper training to safely and effectively complete an HDD job site project, without the pressure of consequences from mistakes.”

As the industry’s first simulator utilizing virtual reality technology, it provides both novice and experienced HDD operators with a 360-degree view of a realistic job site — simulating a variety of soil conditions and installation applications so operators can learn how the drill reacts. Through a series of lessons that increase in difficulty, operators are evaluated and educated on machine functions, product location, damage prevention, extended bend radius and steering. The program emphasizes damage prevention by requiring operators to preplan, set up equipment correctly and test protective systems.

The full virtual reality simulator kit includes a portable operator station, joystick, dongle, lead motion detector sensor and virtual reality goggles. To truly simulate a real job site experience, the equipment is configured to replicate what operators see and feel, leveraging the same joysticks found on Ditch Witch HDD equipment.

HDD contractors and education centers looking to incorporate this training technology into their program can purchase the simulator at their local Ditch Witch dealership.

For more information about Ditch Witch training, visit www.ditchwitch.com/training.


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