Webinar Archive

SimsUshare User Group Webinars  are opportunities for our customers and us to interact on focused topics that we hear about during day-to-day customer support. This page contains information about recordings and materials from prior sessions.

Sharing Simulations with SimsUshare

Monday, September 14, 2020


One of the fundamental aims of SimsUshare is to make sharing your simulations as simple as possible. This webinar reviews the various ways one can share simulations, including:

  1. Where do sims exist on devices/computers for sharing;
  2. How to share sims with a simple email link;
  3. How to use the SimCloud to share sims by upload/download; and,
  4. How to copy sim files manually, for sim privacy.

Embedding Interactive Sims into eLearning Content

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Recently, SimsUshare quietly introduced the most requested and unique features for sharing your interactive simulations anywhere: the ability to embed your simulations directly into web pages and e-Learning content.

Well, it’s time to party.

This 15-minute webinar shows you all you need to know to embed your sims in web pages and your e-Learning content, helping you make accessible and outstanding training experiences with SimsUshare CTC.  This goes way beyond videos. Check out some examples here.

Click here for the transcript.

All About those States

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


SimsUshare version 2.9 enables customers to easily create and manage evolving fireground conditions or condition changes due to crew actions in your simulations. Now with just one click in the CTC, the instructor can change the condition/state for all participants instantly, in whichever virtual location the participants happen to be. This is another SimsUshare CTC unique and game-changing feature.

Click here for the transcript.

SimsUshare Back-to-Basics

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


SimsUshare has grown quite a lot especially over the past 1-2 years. However, our focus on SimsUshare simple to use for simple applications–sometimes you just don’t have the time or need for the bells and whistles.

This 30-minute webinar takes a look at SimsUshare from the 30,000 ft view (or 9.144 meter view–is that even an expression?). We review the essential components and resources you can use to get results quickly with SimsUshare.

Click here for the transcript.

Conducting Remote Simulation Training with SimsUshare CTC

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


This webinar sketches how you can use your SimsUshare Command Training Center (CTC) subscription to run all-hazard incident exercises remotely, i.e., control multiple participants who remain geographically dispersed. To do this successfully, we will cover:

  1. What simple steps you can do to assemble your training process and materials;
  2. How to run SimsUshare in a remote environment;
  3. How to handle exercise communication; and
  4. How to conduct exercise debriefing.

Click here for the transcript.

Mastering the Sim Navigation Options

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


This 20-minute webinar covers the essential skills involved in making basic walkarounds as well as more sophisticated scene navigation. The two core mechanisms are (a) the navigation arrows in the arrow cluster, and (b) the Location Jumper, which is a more subtle way to allow a participant to move to another location or condition. The last 5 minutes will cover a super-cool way to navigate the virtual fireground on Windows 10 — with your voice!

Click here for the transcript.

Introduction to SimsUshare States

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


This is an intermediate webinar about a new SimsUshare feature: SimsUshare States. States gives you a way to group locations reflecting the same condition, for example, incipient, extension, knockdown, etc. With playback in the CTC, when you change the state (such as changing to the extension state), SimsUshare moves all units to their proper location for that condition. Remarkably we’ve done this without complicating the user interface, so this webinar gives you a peek into how to activate and use this important new capability!

Click here for the transcript.

20 Minutes to Masking Mastery

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:30pm-4:00pm Eastern


This 20-minute webinar focuses on SimsUshare’s amazing masking tool that enables you to make your smoke and fire effects appear as they are coming from the opposite side of buildings, inside rooms behind glass, or through the roof. After this webinar, and with a little practice, you will be able to dazzle your friends and neighbors with your masking abilities!

Also check out our free, 1 page Masking Quick Start Guide.

Click here for the transcript.

Creating your Simulation Training Program

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 3:30pm-4:00pm Eastern


As a SimsUshare customer, you have a simulation program — but do you have a simulation training program, that is, a clear roadmap of how to integrate simulations into your training? Whether you’re just getting started with SimsUshare or you’ve been using it for some time and want to take it to a new level, you need to develop your roadmap for enhancing training with simulations.

This 20-minute webinar introduces the new ‘Simulation Training Handbook’, from SimsUshare, a free, handy idea book that can help you develop such a roadmap. CLICK HERE to view and download the current version of the Handbook.

Click here for the transcript.

Wide-Screen and Effect Previews: SimsUshare v 2.8.6

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 3:30pm-4:00pm


Time for the next release of SimsUshare — October 1! (Windows and Mac, iOS and Android to follow). This is a 20-minute overview (and 10 minute Q&A) of the changes and how to get them in advance! Here are the main enhancements:

  • Preview graphic of effects in the Add Effect menu
  • 16:9 wide-screen format, full-screen playback
  • Keystrokes for Copy (CTRL-C) and Paste (CTRL-V)
  • Quick edit actions, Edit Next Location (CTRL-RIGHT-ARROW) and Edit Previous Location (CTRL-LEFT-ARROW)
  • ‘Show Timeline’ in Edit screen lists when effects fade-in and fade-out in one view

Click here for the transcript.

Putting the ‘Share’ in Sims-U-Share

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:30am-12:00pm

The SimsUshare CTC (Command Training Center)/SimCloud lets you share your simulations with others in your department — but did you notice we have two sets of example sims (Starter Sims and Residential Urban Simulations #1) you can download, adapt, and use?

This 20 minute talk will

Show you how to access the example sims, and
Invite you to submit your own for sharing.
Simulations can be shared with all SimsUshare customers or selected customers.

Click here for the transcript.

Introducing the Command Training Center (CTC) and SimCloud

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:30am-12:00pm


In this 20-minute talk, Jonathan will demonstrate our latest developments with SimsUshare Command Training Center (CTC). Tune in to learn about the upcoming private beta. The talk will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

Using Victims in your Simulations

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:30am-12:00pm


In this 20-minute talk, Jonathan will demonstrate to insert and configure victims and other graphics. He also will demonstrate an indispensable third-party web app called Clipping Magic to help you clip and cut-out your victim graphics from their original background scene. We will finish with a 10 minute Q&A session.

Contact us for a personal demonstration.

Hoselines and Ladders

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:30am-12:00pm


In this 20-minute talk, Jonathan will demonstrate how to include hoselines, ladders, and other graphics into your simulations. In process, he will show how you can make them appear when your students place them, and even move them during the simulation playback. We will finish with a 10 minute Q&A session.

Contact us for a personal demonstration.

How to Create and Play Your Sims Anywhere

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:30am-12:00pm

You may be aware that the SimsUshare sim viewer is free (unlike other fire simulation software), but did you know you can install the sim viewer on a USB drive and play your sims anywhere?

If you want to learn how to do this, you need to attend this Users Group Meeting. This meeting will show how easy it is to carry and show sims on computers or devices other than on the ones that the sims were created. This feature is not an afterthought—making your sims available anywhere is one of the principle goals of SimsUshare!

In the 30 minute presentation (20 minute walkthrough, 10 minute Q&A), we will show you how to:

    • Install the free sim viewer on a USB drive
    • Copy your sims to a USB drive
    • Run SimsUshare from the USB drive
    • Create sims anywhere by moving your ‘floating’ subscription license among devices.

But wait, there’s more…we are also excited to show you how you can now use SimsUshare to create localized sims for your AlphaACT fire training subscription! This event may be the most informative 30 minute learning session you attend this year, so please reserve your spot today!

Adding Your Own Victims, Apparatus, Tools, and Icons

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:30am-12:00pm


SimsUshare version 2.5 (expected release: April, 2016) will add the ability to bring your own photos of victims, apparatus, icons, and whatever you’d like into your sims. This 30-minute workshop reviews how to get the most from this important new feature. (8 minutes)

Sharing Simulations with Sim Repositories

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 11:30am-12:00pm


Version 2.1 introduced the ability to create simulation repositories that can easily be accessed from any device. This webinar will review how to access and create sim repositories for your department and how to share your simulations through public sim repositories.

How to Create & Share Simulations Across your Entire Department in 15 Minutes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:30am-12:00pm


Reviewing how to install and configure SimsUshare Network so that all department computers can access and play training simulations made with SimsUshare. (26 minutes)

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