The Virtual Crane

Project proposal

(DRAFT V2.2)

Silvano de Gennaro
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Geneva - Switzerland


This document proposes the developement of a general purpose crane simulator targeted to operator training and deferred control. Based upon technology similar to aircraft and vehicle simulators, the Virtual Crane would realistically reproduce the movements, operations and limits of a given class of cranes. Using a hardware and/or software reproduction of the control interfaces, the Virtual Crane operators would be able to interactively drive one or several Virtual Cranes simultaneously, moving objects in a lifelike working environment, training in crane handling with different kinds of loads and tasks. These simulations can optionally be stored as animations, and can later be played back, modified, filmed from different viewpoints. Finally they may be used to digitally control real cranes.

This document consists of an introduction to simulator technology, followed by a thorough description of the Virtual Crane idea and its implementation phases, as well as equipment and manpower estimates.


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