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Virtual reality sim now available on laptop

DNV reports that its Sesam SurveySimulator training system, designed to demonstrate potential vessel defects with real life accuracy, is now available on laptops.

The system can be supplied with special training programmes developed to suit inspectors, seafarers and technical managers, and is available as part of a DNV training package or under licence for incorporation into a company’s in-house training.

The Sesam SurveySimulator uses virtual reality technology with what DNV describes as “photo quality texture and realistic sound” to present complete visualisations of a tanker, bulk carrier, container ship and mobile offshore drilling unit including engine room, cargo holds and decks.

Users are able to ‘meet’ on board the simulator to examine and discuss particular features, such as the real-time portrayal of coating degradation.

“Video tutorials and pre-prepared learning scenarios enable step-by-step inspection training that is used to train surveyors and also technical managers and crew in what to expect from the inspections by class or port states,” said Dariusz Dabrowski, the DNV manager in charge of developing the tool.

“The system includes the tools needed to flexibly create training programmes that meet specific corporate goals and is suitable for the practical training of shoreside personnel and seafarers. This has a positive impact on incident-free operation at reduced costs.”

DNV says it will be demonstrating the impact of Sesam SurveySimulator throughout the year in support of the organisation’s 2013 Fire Safety Awareness Campaign.

“Statistics show that most fires originate in the engine room as a result of oil leaking onto hot surfaces and deficiencies in fire related safety measures are amongst the most common causes for detention by Port State Control,” said Tuva Flagstad-Andersen, head of section machinery and systems at DNV

Sesam SurveySimulator DNV is able to show examples of both acceptable and unacceptable configurations based on the accumulated knowledge of thousands of inspections.

“This depth of experience would take many, many years for a single person to gain on the job. We make it readily accessible with Sesam SurveySimulator in a well-supported, modular learning environment,” notes Mr Dabrowski.

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