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Abigroup's multi-purpose construction training facility opens

04 March 2010

Mobile heavy machinery simulators that use world first technology have a new home in Queensland with the opening of a $6 million multi-purpose construction training facility by Queensland Premier, the Honourable Anna Bligh on 4 March.

The state of the art construction machinery simulators, which are based at Abigroup’s new Yatala Operations and Training Facility on the Gold Coast, replicate the operation of scrapers, excavators, graders and off-highway heavy trucks and are designed to improve the skills of construction industry workers in a safe environment.

"This facility and new training technology represents the innovation and expertise that is behind Queensland’s growing economy,” Ms Bligh said.

“Abigroup’s investment in Queensland will help new and existing construction workers take on new opportunities, work with new technologies and adapt to changing job needs.”

The new facility will help address the problem of skills shortages in the construction industry and will train over 1000 workers per year. Emphasis will be placed on up-skilling and retraining existing operators.

The scraper simulators are the first of their type in the world and have been tailored by Caterpillar to suit Abigroup’s specific requirements.

The simulators will be transported to major Abigroup construction sites enabling project specific training and up-skilling.

Abigroup’s Queensland General Manager Steve Abson said, “The use of mobile simulators allows us to source operators from the local communities in which we work and for them to familiarise themselves with the operation of expensive machinery in a risk free environment on their own construction sites.

“This technology provides new construction entrants with a ‘safe way to fail’ and accelerates operator knowledge of plant performance. We can foresee many applications for this type of technology in the future as it provides a terrific interactive training experience as well as demonstrating Abigroup’s commitment to the safety of our workers.”

The facility will also serve as the head office for Abigroup’s Queensland Telecommunications and Plant Maintenance businesses.

Premier Bligh test drives one of the simulators

The Yatala training facility       
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