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WinGD opens new virtual reality engine room simulator

WinGD training manager Tyson Liang Qin presenting the W-FMS virtual reality engine room to a delegation of ship owners WinGD training manager Tyson Liang Qin presenting the W-FMS virtual reality engine room to a delegation of ship owners

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has opened a new installation of its W-Xpert Full Mission Simulator (FMS) for virtual reality training of engine room crews at the Marine Power Academy Training Centre of Hudong Heavy Machinery Co. (HHM), in Shanghai, China.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The simulator joins a network of some 20 further installations at locations around the world. As well as being the first installation of the multi-touchscreen simulation hardware in China, the Shanghai FMS system is also the first to be pre-programmed with specially adapted versions of the engine-specific W-Xpert simulation software WinGD develops with its partner UNITEST Marine Simulators, based in Gdynia, Poland.

The FMS training facility at the Marine Power Academy, where some 500 crew are trained each year, is shared by HHM and WinGD. To cover large training courses in which a whole engine room crew can work simultaneously, the FMS hardware system utilises 18 touch screens located in up to four separate classrooms.

In combination with the engine simulation software, the system creates a multi-interface, virtual environment which includes the main engine and all the auxiliary systems of a typical engine room.

To date, the range of engines which can be simulated by the W-Xpert software comprises the X35, X62, and X72 models from the WinGD X-generation of diesel engines, as well as the RT-flex50DF dual-fuel engine models. During 2017 the X82 and X92 will be added, followed by more dual-fuel engine software versions in the future.

“The advanced features of the W-Xpert software, like our proprietary thermodynamic simulation algorithms which are capable of calculating accurately engine performance parameters including fuel consumption and emissions levels, mean that the FMS system enables high fidelity simulations of functional and thermodynamic factors” said Gregory Sudwoj, general manager technical experts at WinGD.

“The extensive, multi-interface virtual environment we can create also includes all the auxiliary systems of a typical engine room and enables a team to experience a wide range of simulations. To encourage decision making and to promote sharing of responsibility, these include both routine and distress situations.”

“Overall, the scope of the FMS gives WinGD unique opportunities to familiarise engine crews with all the systems involved in operating an engine in a ship.”

In June 2017 W-Xpert Full Mission Simulators will also be commissioned in Athens, Greece and Busan, Korea.{/mprestriction}

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