infrastructure at MI strengthens local capabilities
simulator open for business
18, 1999, Gazette)
new Dynamic Positioning Simulator at the Marine Institute was
launched Oct. 20 by representatives from Memorial University,
Terra Nova Alliance, and the federal and provincial governments,
who are working together to increase local resources for facilities,
equipment and expertise within the oil industry.
of the DP simulator is possible through a contribution of $300,000
from the Canada-Newfoundland Comprehensive Economic Development
Agreement. As well, Terra Nova Alliance is contributing $150,000
to the project through Memorial Universitys Opportunity
Fund. The Marine Institute is providing the site and human resources
to conduct research and training.
Comprehensive Economic Development Agreement is administered
by ACOA and the Department of Industry, Trade and Technology.
One aspect of the agreement supports research infrastructure
at Memorial University in areas of high growth and emerging market
Government of Canada, through ACOA and federal-provincial agreements
delivered by the agency, recognizes the value of post-secondary
institutions to enhancing the long-term development of our economy,
said Karen Skinner, manager, federal-provincial agreements, ACOA.
Through continued investments in innovation and technology
and in this case key infrastructure for the Marine Institutes
training and research capabilities we are capitalizing
on the high rates of growth in the East Coast oil and gas industry.
systems help personnel aboard modern floating and sub-sea offshore
installations maintain their vessels precise locations
on the ocean. With the growth of the offshore oil industry, the
demand for trained personnel to operate DP systems, and opportunities
to conduct research in this technology, are rapidly increasing.
Floating offshore installations require extensive research on
operation design, risk evaluation, human factors and training.
Meisen, president of Memorial, emphasized the universitys
role in the economic development of the province.
This initiative builds on the universitys association
with the petroleum exploration and development industry thus
far, Dr. Meisen noted. I am pleased that Memorial
will be providing the oil industry with research and training
support, and I am looking forward to creating additional partnerships
with this promising sector of the provincial economy.
One of the primary users of the new DP simulator is Terra Nova
we had identified our needs to the Marine Institute, they responded
vigorously and proactively to meet them, said Gregory Lever,
manager of operations for Terra Nova. The result is the
cooperative venture being announced today, and we are pleased
to be part of it.
training and research within the province will likely be required
as offshore exploration and development expands. The dynamic
positioning training and research capability at the Marine Institute
will also attract clients from Canada and the United States.
Other training capabilities were showcased at the Oct. 20 announcement.
A technology transfer agreement has been reached between the
Marine Institute and Stord/Haugesund College in Norway, to provide
Emergency Command Control Training specifically for the Terra
terms of the agreement, the Marine Institute will be the lead
institution and will have overall responsibility for liaison
with Terra Nova. The institute will be involved in co-delivery
of training and, where appropriate, will provide training facilities
and certification services. Stord/Haugesund College will provide
the initial expertise and course materials, certified to industry
standards, and will co-deliver the training. The eventual goal
is to have the majority of training delivered by the Marine Institute.