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    Australian Maritime College upgrades DP simulator

    Training // July 4, 2016

    The Australian Maritime College has undertaken a major upgrade to its DP simulator. The upgrade was undertaken to improve realism and capability for DP and offshore operations simulations. It becomes one of only 12 simulators in the world to provide such a capability.

    The upgrade has introduced a range of new ship models including DP semi-submersible drilling rigs, DP shuttle tankers/floating storage offtake units, and DP subsea construction vessels and platform supply vessels. 

    The model library has been expanded dramatically to include a range of offshore vessels, structures and objects. Propulsion configurations include shaft propeller, rudder, azimuth and voith schneider thrusters.

    The simulator bridge is designed so it can be configured to represent a realistic bridge found on each of the models, including the full range of navigational and manual manoeuvring controls. The DP equipment is underpinned by the market leading Kongsberg K-Pos DP21 console.

    For the first time in Australia, DP course participants will be able to interact directly with real world position reference system interfaces as part of a DP operation. Position reference interfaces include multiple DGPS, HiPap hydro acoustics, and Artemis. This allows participants to utilise multiple interfaces to determine failures, in the same way as would be possible in real world operations.

    The simulator includes a new physics engine which allows realistic, dynamic interaction with surface and subsea assets such as platform and subsea cranes, subsea equipment including a range of anchors, BOP, and ROVs, deck cargo, and deck crew. This allows students to be exposed to a range of operational issues which can occur in real world operations, which goes beyond the normal failure mode response training provided using older simulations equipment.

    Further upgrades to the simulator are planned in the next twelve months including integration with multiple bridges to allow multiple ship DP operations incorporating DP Class 1, 2 and 3 vessels, as well as interactive engine room simulation, DP Drillship simulations and further visual and console upgrades.

    The simulator will be predominantly used for the training of Nautical Institute DP Advanced Course students, other courses including Sea Time Reduction will also be available in the near future.

    In addition, the simulator will also be suitable for client project and operations development and simulation testing, human performance research, as well as other recognised DP and offshore training schemes.

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