President's Report 2006 | today.mun.ca

Contract awarded to upgrade simulator at MI

Topsides view of Full Motion Bridge Simulator

The Marine Institute's Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) has chosen Kongsberg to upgrade its full mission bridge simulator.

The contract covers a complete overhaul of the bridge equipment, integration of the Polaris ship simulator (with advanced ice navigation software) to the existing motion base, and the delivery of new image generators for the visual system. This upgrade is an important element of CMS's pursuit of commercial opportunities in the modeling and simulation of harsh environments. The objective is to improve the safety and efficiency of oil and gas operations in harsh maritime environments through the development of innovative modeling and simulation capabilities focused on reducing human error.

It was nearly 15 years ago that Kongsberg received the original contract to supply and install what was then and remains today the most complex feat of system integration ever undertaken for a ship handling simulator. The full mission bridge consists of an 8.8 metre x 5.5 metre bridge, weighting four tons, mounted on a moving platform, actuated in all six degrees of the freedom of motion by hydraulic actuators. The platform is surrounded by a six metre high projection screen providing a seamless 360 degree horizontal view. In November, the centre chose Christie Digital, a leading provider of visual solutions to install a new state-of-the-art display system, replacing the existing CRT technology for its full mission bridge.

“I believe that simulation is not just for training anymore. The profound impact that simulation has had upon training by accelerating and intensifying the learning experience has opened the doors to other areas of the maritime industry. Training and education of marine operators, with the use of high fidelity simulators, is recognized as effective and cost efficient,” said Capt. Anthony Patterson, director, Centre for Marine Simulation.

(Originally posted on today.mun.ca on Jan 16, 2006)