Virtual Marine’s simulation products are built on strong research of harsh environments and vessel modeling performed with our research partners in NL, Canada. Our small craft simulators are built on fundamental numerical models validated with scale model and full scale testing with subject matter experts, using datasets from world-class research facilities to create high fidelity models of waves, ice, and vessel motions. Through numerous research programs with OEMs, we have integrated our simulation equipment with navigation controls, sensors and RADAR displays, creating a simulation that can be used for training and testing of marine bridge equipment. Through collaborative projects, our simulators have been successfully integrated with third party systems using HLA/DIS and can be used to perform multi-team exercises that can be used to examine the interactions between multiple teams in a common exercise.
VM has been actively engaged in R&D for 15 years, with initial R&D programs directed at building commercial prototypes of VM’s core simulator products. Recent R&D has focused on increasing the flexibility of our products and extending the company’s core simulation technology to new applications. Our research targets optimizing the training experience to the training needed, whether using 6DOF motion platforms, or compact Virtual Reality systems. Current research is focused on improving automated tracking and algorithms that customize the training experience to individual training needs. Through continuous technology development and human factors testing, we are creating high impact training programs that are designed to speed time to competence, increase preparedness for real emergencies, and provide an engaging learning experience.
Together with our research partners we are studying the use of simulation in offshore emergency and operational training to answer industry-led questions. The following are examples of research questions which have been answered with our simulators:
- How do skills learned in a lifeboat simulator transfer to operation of a real lifeboat?
- How much practice is needed to be competent in the launch of a lifeboat?
- How well do skills learned in lifeboat training transfer to a plausible offshore emergency event?
- How does simulator training compare to to live boat or Computer Based Training programs available to lifeboat coxswains?
- Do current training practices provide enough opportunity to to master maneuvering of the lifeboat in moderate or high sea states?
- Can simulation be used to improve the consistency of assessment and instruction in lifeboat operator training?
- Which techniques used by ice vessel operators are most effective in managing ice around an offshore platform?
- What is the reduction of training time in offshore site familiarization if a simulator is used to provide initial site orientation?
If you require additional information on our these studies, please contact us.