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The Use Of Computer-based Training Tools In Europe – An Overview And New Approaches


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M. Schmitz, C. Maag & J. M. Mera


In recent years, the use of driving simulation has become one of the most effective tools for the training of train drivers. The European project 2TRAIN aims at creating software modules to enhance the training and assessment capabilities of driving simulators. As these software modules should be highly compatible with existing simulator systems, developers need to gather specific information about technical features that are most relevant for the application of simulator-based railway training. To reach this aim railway companies have been interviewed in order to provide detailed information connected with technical, organisational and content-related characteristics of applied training. One of the main findings is that the technical features and capabilities of simulators are extremely diverse as each company is focused on different training objectives. As a consequence each operator demands different technical requirements. This paper presents the users’ view on the technological solutions, the fields of application, a comparison with other training methods and comments on shortcomings and future improvements. Recommendations are extracted in order to improve computer-based training in an effective and affordable way. Keywords: computer-based training, driving simulation, rail human factor. 1 Introduction The establishment of safe, competitive, and interoperable railways in Europe requires particular attention to the qualification of train drivers. In order to strengthen a European harmonisation in rail traffic it is appropriate to advance (1) common training technology as well as (2) common training concepts. Developments concerning these two aspects are the scientific and technological


computer-based training, driving simulation, rail human factor.