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. 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. 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. 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, blowout preventers and remotely operated vehicles, deck cargo and deck crew.
Further upgrades to the simulator are planned in the next 12 months including integration with multiple bridges to allow multiple ship DP operations incorporating DP class 1, 2 and 3 vessels, interactive engineroom simulation, DP drillship simulations and further visual and console upgrades.