CM Labs breaks new ground with state-of-the-art, internationally recognized simulators

CM Labs Simulations Inc.

May 21, 2014— Montréal, Quebec

Immersive training simulation of a trench-digging operation

Simulation of a power shovel filling a dump truck

The oil spill that spread along the coasts of several U.S. states following the BP oil disaster in 2010 could have been avoided had a virtual operations simulation like those performed by CM Labs Simulations Inc. been carried out.

Founded in 2001, CM Labs Simulations Inc. is a Montreal-based company that offers simulation services and products in virtual environments to eliminate the risks associated with operational manoeuvres in the heavy machinery industry. CM Labs works in the offshore (oil drilling, submarine manoeuvres), port, construction (excavator and crane manoeuvres), defence, energy and robotics fields.

In 2011, CM Labs decided to structure its operations to design higher-performance simulators that were better adapted to work on land and at sea. The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) played a crucial role in supporting CM Labs in their development of new state-of-the-art simulators.

Unique revolutionary simulators

With support and recommendations from NRC-IRAP, CM Labs was able to hire engineers and university experts and work with them to better understand soil dynamics. This understanding helped the company move forward with a complete design of a more advanced, innovative simulator that provides a remarkable imitation of the real-life movements of excavators and bulldozers. Developed in December 2013, this revolutionary simulator is recognized internationally for its ability to replicate the vibrations caused by various manoeuvres, as well as the high quality of the graphics it produces.

"CM Labs is a forward-thinking company: its directors have identified a real need and a well-timed business opportunity. NRC-IRAP is proud to have provided financial support to CM Labs at a critical stage in its development and to have stimulated its R&D activities and the marketing of new simulators," said Éric Holdrinet, NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor.

Today, CM Labs clients receive an instant return on their investment. Among their many accomplishments, they have seen a reduction in threats to the environment and have also improved employee safety. NRC-IRAP financial support for research and development also enabled CM Labs to improve its other simulators, including simulators currently used for space missions to the moon and Mars.

Dramatic growth from a partnership with the IRAP

Over the past two years, the company has seen an annual growth of 75%, and its workforce has grown from 30 to 80 employees. CM Labs sells its simulators worldwide, and 80% of its exports are sold in Europe and the United States. Markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East recently invested as well.

"Since 2011, NRC-IRAP has accelerated the growth of CM Labs and has enabled us to make very significant investments in R&D. Our NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor, Éric Holdrinet, has also put us in touch with a number of international contacts, which helped us grow and further develop our business."
Sylvain Lagacé, CM Labs Vice President

Each day, the engineers, operators, drivers and soldiers of more than one hundred different clients of CM Labs are trained on over 1,000 simulation devices across the world to solve some of the most complex problems in the heavy machinery industry. Moving forward, CM Labs hopes to increase their reach and tap into even more markets with the goal of becoming the worldwide leader in simulation activities, both on land and at sea.

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