Software

Our simulators run on Simflex simulation software, based off Den-Mark1, developed by the Danish Maritime Institute and Force Technology for use all over the world.

Flexible software architecture, constant development

The software architecture allows the simulator to be highly flexible and open to development. The latest instrument panel updates can be easily incorporated, and the huge increases in graphical and computing power can be harnessed as soon as it becomes available, even while still allowing bare-bones simulations to run on stand-alone machines.

Reality-based model; Den-Mark1

The internal mathematical models used at the heart of the simulator, Den-Mark1, factors in a vast array of subtle influences, to provide a highly realistic experience so training has the most possible real-world application. Ship system failures are simulated, when triggered, giving a very true-to-life impression of the failure, ensuring the symptoms can be recognized if/when they occur in reality.

The models used in the simulator operate on databases of information gathered from detailed analysis of physical models; wind, current, tug forces, etc, are all based on real experimental data, rather than guesswork.

Multiple-bridges; lifelike interactions

Interactions between ships usually have a larger potential for accident than ships by themselves, and preparing for interactions is a critical part of any training regime. Simflex Navigator allows several ships to exist and interact in complex ways within the same simulation, all controlled and co-ordinated via the Operators Control Centre (OCC).

Subtle effects like current interactions between ships passing by, and direct effects like a tug pushing another ship, are all simulated faithfully based on real world models.

Perhipheral systems; realistic instruments

Radar and ECDIS are reproduced in software on two instrument panels, but the system is flexible enough that even hardware radar and ECDIS machines can be integrated. We can also use NMEA compatible devices, such as GPS reading PPUs, with the built-in NMEA output, to use devices in the simulator like an actual ship, giving an extra sense of realism and letting students get well familiarized.

Immersive audio-visual systems

Weather effects from sunlight, cloud-cover, overcast, raining, storms, lightening, snow, rapid winds, large surges, fog, etc, are all reproduced using sound and graphics systems which take full advantage of all the latest advances from computer gaming. Highly sophisticated mathematical models based on real-world data, driving a series of audio-visual systems based on Microsoft’s DirectX technology, provides the immersion vital to transferring simulator experience to reality.

All details from every simulation are logged in full, and advanced replay analysis software allows us to generate detailed reports for each notable simulation, as well as being an invaluable tool during debriefing sessions. All speeds/rates/statistics, the control inputs entered into all bridges at all times, environmental factors, etc, are all logged and can be graphed as required.

Simulations can also be replayed at various speeds, putting the entire exercise into a “birds-eye” perspective otherwise only available to the operator.