MARIN opens simulator in HoustonTraining // January 15, 2014
December saw Peter Noble, President of SNAME, and Robert Hanraads from the Nautical Institute jointly open a new bridge simulator at the MARIN offices in Houston.
Watched by representatives of the oil majors, engineering companies and offshore contractors, Mr Hanraads then safely performed the first offloading operation on the simulator.
MARIN's President, Dr Bas Buchner, explained why MARIN built the simulator in Houston: “To develop safer and smarter offshore structures and operations, MARIN wants to use its simulations, model tests, training and full scale monitoring activities in an integrated way.
"The new simulator allows direct interaction between engineers and operational personnel and opens new possibilities for more operational input in the design in the Houston area.”
With its six projectors the new simulator gives a very realistic view of the surroundings of the ship, including platforms in the area, tugs, realistic ports, waves and weather. The bridge has a professional instrument panel with electronic charts, system information and radar.
The simulator runs with the same software as the desktop simulation programs used by MARIN for engineering studies and third party verification during the design. The software has been extensively validated with MARIN’s basin tests and full scale monitoring.
Arjan Voogt, manager of MARIN’s Houston office, said: "With this Houston simulator studies can be done close to the offices of oil majors and majors contractors. This allows more involvement and interaction for the engineers and operators”.