Interest levels high for third simulation and training conference


There is already a high level of interest in the third International Training and Simulation Conference to be held in Thaba Tshwane in October and the organisers have put out a call for papers to make it an even more “must attend” event for military trainers.

“We have been fortunate to secure the services of some quality speakers but are ready, willing and able to add to that list to make the conference of even more value,” James Erlank, who is organising the event under the auspices of AMD (SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association), said.

Topics to be covered during the two day conference include training; simulation; education; emerging concepts and innovative technologies as well as technologies particular to the training sector; human system engineering; policy, standards, management and acquisition with particular reference to the SA National Defence Force and looking at training and simulation as a tool to improve and enhance competence and subsequently leadership.
“Officers working with simulation training as well as industry representatives who feel they can make a positive contribution should go to the AMD website ( and follow the ‘training and simulation’ and ‘events’ tabs,” he said.

Erlank said the success of the first two conferences and the need for more simulation training, because of its cost efficiency when measured against real time in-field training, were “definitely’ contributing factors to the high level of interest shown in this year’s conference to be held at the SANDF Centre for Conflict Simulation on October 14 and 15.

Delegates will hear about training and simulation technologies, as well as live training, from defence, military and high-tech industry stakeholders from Africa and the world.
“The focus will squarely be on training – the challenges, recent developments, changing needs – with simulation as the key enabler. Another benefit of attending is being able to see live and inter-active demonstrations during certain presentations and during coffee/lunch breaks,” he said.