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Industry knowledge grows with DNV’s portable survey simulator

Press Release   •   Jun 06, 2013 13:19 GMT

The Sesam SurveySimulator uses virtual reality technology with photo quality texture and realistic sound to present complete visualisations of a tanker, bulk carrier, container ship and mobile offshore drilling unit including engine room, cargo holds and decks. People are able to ‘meet’ on board the simulator to examine and discuss particular features such as the real-time portrayal of coating degradation and a lot more.

“Video tutorials and pre-prepared learning scenarios enable step-by-step inspection training that is used to train surveyors and also technical managers and crew in what to expect from the inspections by class or port states,” explains Dariusz Dabrowski, the DNV manager who has been in charge of developing this tool. The system is now available as part of a DNV training package or can be used under licence for incorporation into a company’s in-house training.

“The system includes the tools needed to flexibly create training programs that meet specific corporate goals and is suitable for the practical training of shoreside personnel and seafarers,” says Mr Dabrowski. “This has a positive impact on incident-free operation at reduced costs.”

DNV will be demonstrating the impact of Sesam SurveySimulator throughout the year in support of the organisation’s 2013 Fire Safety Awareness Campaign. “Statistics show that most fires originate in the engine room as a result of oil leaking onto hot surfaces and deficiencies in fire related safety measures are amongst the most common causes for detention by Port State Control,” says Tuva Flagstad-Andersen, Head of Section Machinery and Systems at DNV

Trough Sesam SurveySimulator DNV is able to show examples of both acceptable and not acceptable configurations based on the accumulated knowledge of thousands of inspections. “This depth of experience would take many, many years for a single person to gain on the job. We make it readily accessible with Sesam SurveySimulator in a well-supported, modular learning environment,” says Dariusz Dabrowski.

DNV experts have designed every detail of the virtual reality simulator from the hull to the smallest screw.


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