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UltraHD bridge simulator for Australian Maritime College

AMC Centre for Maritime Simulations manager, Damien Freeman AMC Centre for Maritime Simulations manager, Damien Freeman

The Australian Maritime College has completed a AUS$1.4 million upgrade of its simulation training technology, including the world’s first installation of Panasonic’s ultra-high resolution 4K Full Mission Bridge Simulation Projection System.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“This upgrade provides a higher level of immersion in the simulator,” said AMC Centre for Maritime Simulations manager, Damien Freeman.

“The image is clearer, brighter and more colourful with less visible pixels, so the user experiences a more realistic perception of the simulated environment.”

AMC National Centre for Ports and Shipping Director, Professor Thanasis Karlis, said the AUS$660,000 projection system was part of a multi-stage upgrade including the installation of two 360-degree tug simulators, plus new desktop simulator software specialising in liquid cargo handling and engine room operations.

“These significant upgrades have allowed us to reconfigure the Centre for Maritime Simulations to meet the changing needs of our clients and students, and we’re pleased to be able to offer them the most advanced simulation training experience in the world,” said Prof Karlis.

“Our facilities are used for maritime human factors research and investigation into port development, ship manoeuvring, and improving ship and port safety. They also help bridge the gap between theory and practice in the training of ship masters and deck officers.”

“The upgraded Panasonic projector system enhances that capability and ensures AMC continues to be a leader in maritime simulation.”

An interactive, 60-inch electronic chart table has also been developed in-house to record training sessions in the ship simulator and provide debriefing capabilities.

The final stage of the upgrade will be the installation of a standalone, touchscreen engine room simulator, expected to come online in mid-2016.

“The advantages of having touchscreen and computer displays are that you can load a variety of different engines and bring them up to do type-specific training. So the students will be virtually trained using the engines they encounter in the real world,” said Mr Freeman.

“The major benefit of using simulators is they allow you to do high-risk and contingency training. If you get something wrong and the engine seizes, we can just reset the exercise. You can’t do that in real life.”{/mprestriction}

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