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BCIT to pilot ‘simulation as a service’

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has signed up as a pilot customer for a Cloud-based application of Kongsberg Digital’s K-Sim simulation technology, allowing BCIT to offer ‘simulation as a service’ by integrating the simulator with Kongsberg’s Kognifai digital platform to enable students to train on their own devices.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Initially, Kongsberg Digital says it will focus on providing students at BCIT’s School of Energy with access to the K-Sim Engine Thermal Power Plant (TPP) simulator, with maritime engine room simulators expected to be up and running soon afterwards in the Kognifai Cloud environment.

This set-up will allow students to use their own computers to access simulation-based courses via the Cloud, and provide instructors with the ability to assign exercises to students who can complete them anytime and anywhere.

Kongsberg says that, as the system is provided as a service, the cost is directly related to usage and providers like BCIT will only pay for licences that are actually used.

“We have been providing distance learning services for many years so appreciate the benefits for both the market and our instructors,” said Brian Buckley, associate dean of industrial and mechanical trades, School of Energy at the BCIT Burnaby Campus.

“The Kognifai-based K-Sim Engine Thermal Power Plant simulator represents a digital disruption that we see as benefitting BCIT and our customers, both within our mainstream power engineering programmes and our industrial activity out in the field.”

“While distance learning is not new, the ability to run a fully dynamic thermal power plant in real time from the Cloud certainly is. In an instant, we now have the ability to extend our classroom beyond the confines of our Burnaby campus for power engineering without instructors needing to leave the premises.”{/mprestriction}

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