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    Kongsberg Maritime and Vestfold University College sign R&D agreement

    Training // January 20, 2011

    Kongsberg and Vestfold University plan to collaborate on simulation.

    Kongsberg Maritime's simulation division and Vestfold University College have signed a framework agreement to explore activities and projects of joint interest in the area of research and development of maritime simulators from an innovation and human factor perspective.

    The agreement which was signed at the end of December covers extensive R&D project plans and the use of an interactive simulator laboratory (the SIMSAM lab) at Vestfold University College, which will serve as a R&D facility.

    The agreement will include several R&D projects involving different aspects of maritime simulators. An on-going project called Simulation of Demanding Maritime Operations (SIMAR), which aims to improve simulation training by enhancing the focus on human factors, is the first project to be established.

    Kongsberg Maritime and Vestfold University College are major players in the SIMAR project, in addition to the University in Oslo, Norway and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

    Other R&D projects under consideration are communication and team training for best practice in maritime simulation and environmental/fuel efficient surveys for Green Ship training.

    Kongsberg Maritime will deliver an offshore vessel simulator configured as a navigation bridge, which will be used as a test facility for the R&D projects at Vestfold University College. This simulator will be one of the major components in the planned SIMSAM laboratory, which will also be equipped with additional functions to facilitate various interaction scenarios to stimulate innovation.

    The SIMSAM lab will be a part of the University's new Oslofjord Research and Innovation Park and a focus area for the entire maritime cluster in the Oslofjord area south of Norway.

    The new University Park will also be equipped with a seismic vessel simulator, which will be developed and delivered by Kongsberg Maritime.

    Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), which is based in Norway, will be the exclusive owner of the module, which will serve as a training facility for the company, while the university will host it and contribute services.

    "The new simulator will be configured as a work deck offering students crew training with the purpose of increasing efficiency and safety in demanding seismic vessel operations. We believe we can take advantage of Kongsberg Maritime's broad simulator experience and in addition benefit from being a partner in an extensive simulator training environment," explained Einar Nielsen, VP Projects, PGS.

    There will also be an opportunity to connect the different simulators at the university's research, innovation and industry centre for team training and extended R&D projects.

    "This is a significant extension of the SIMAR project, which we launched together with Kongsberg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden last summer," said Marius Imset, Institute Leader at the Faculty of Technology and Maritime Science at the University College in Vestfold.

    "The new state-of-the-art simulators for the R&D facility will form the centrepiece of our activity as we look at various ways of improving maritime training in co-operation with suppliers and actors in the maritime Industry, like PGS. Our end goal is making maritime operations across all sectors safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly."

    "Kongsberg Maritime see many interesting areas where the need for research is evident and where focused R&D at the University could become fields of shared interest. Examples are interactive innovation process, the man-machine interface (MMI), human factors, user interface design, information ergonomics/graphics and
    new communication technology. The co-operation between the university, PGS and us
    is a win-win situation for all," said Terje Heierstad, Product & Technology Manager, Kongsberg Maritime, Simulation & Training.


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