– Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering

Innovation is the key to our research. Sometime in the future we will be able to test new ship concepts, experiment with combinations of equipment and train crews in virtual operations before they are carried out in real operations. Such a development will boost innovation and is at the core of our research.

The figure below shows the development of simulator systems at different levels. The first level involves the modelling of the various systems such as ships and equipment. At the second level the users are included in the system and we can simulate a ship involved in a marine operation. At level 3 we link several simulators (vessels) and can thus simulate integrated operations.

As the first research environment in the world we have simulated a situation in which three ships and a rig worked together in an integrated anchor-handling operation. At the final level the aim is to be able to test out the operations before they are actually carried out in reality. It is this final level that is the focus of our research.

Figure - development of simulator systems at different levels

The research into challenging maritime operations is organised and carried out in the Research Centre for Marine Operations in Virtual Environments (MOVE).