Sim­u­la­tor recre­ates sea con­di­tions in con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment


As­tate of the art fa­cil­ity at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity is at­tract­ing re­searchers and busi­nesses from around the globe. The $4 mil­lion-Vir­tual En­vi­ron­ments for Knowl­edge Mo­bi­liza­tion pro­ject recre­ates danger­ous sea con­di­tions in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment. Me­mo­rial is de­vel­op­ing sim­u­la­tor tech­nolo­gies and vir­tual en­vi­ron­ments to train those who work in the off­shore in­dus­try with the ul­ti­mate goal of im­prov­ing safety of life at sea. Re­searchers and sci­en­tists are in St. John’s to study how peo­ple be­have in chal­leng­ing off­shore search and res­cue sce­nar­ios

“There are few fa­cil­i­ties like this in the world, and those that ex­ist are hard to get ac­cess to,” said Fredrik Fors­man, a sci­en­tist from Swe­den. “This is a unique op­por­tu­nity that we are all very grate­ful to be a part of Scott MacKin­non, act­ing dean of Me­mo­rial’s School of Hu­man Ki­net­ics and Recre­ation, said the lab­o­ra­tory has two main func­tions.

“Train­ing for emer­gency pro­ce­dures is nor­mally done un­der very con­trolled and be­nign con­di­tions. It’s a re­source for en­trepreneurs to come and try their tech­nolo­gies to see it they meet the stan­dards as­so­ci­ated with test­ing and train­ing; and also it’s a hu­man fac­tors lab­o­ra­tory where we use it to un­der­stand how hu­mans be­have in harsh en­vi­ron­ments,” said MacKin­non.

“This way we can im­prove upon the train­ing and sys­tems used in the oil and gas in­dus­try. Th­ese plat­forms can also be used for pro­ce­dural train­ing. More reg­u­lar, re­cur­rent train­ing should pre­pare peo­ple to act in­stinc­tively should an emer­gency arise.” bean re­gion, and will pro­vide high qual­ity train­ing of mar­itime stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als alike in ship-han­dling, col­li­sion avoid­ance, Engine Room pro­ce­dures and op­er­a­tions, as well as ECDIS, Radar/ ARPA, AIS and other nav­i­ga­tional aids.

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