Synchronised simulation for safer training

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Location(s): University of Tasmania

Topic(s): HMAS Watson, Training Authority - Maritime Warfare

Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at proposed wharf. (photo: Unknown)
Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at proposed wharf.

Navy and industry partners have been working together in the Maritime Simulation Centre at the Australian Maritime College based at the University of Tasmania.
The Navy navigation specialists worked with the design team to assess a proposed wharf design by real-time simulation of four types of ship and a submarine, manoeuvring in various environmental conditions such as strong currents and high winds.
In line with the Government’s ongoing commitment to introducing a next generation naval capability, significant investment is being made in the infrastructure across the country. 
A key part of this is the replacement or upgrade to existing wharves and infrastructure to better support the new generation of vessels, from the amphibious assault ships – the largest ships ever to serve in the Navy – to new frigates, destroyers, tankers, patrol boats and submarines.
Running the simulations on the proposed new wharf is an important step in making sure its position, alignment and structure meet Navy’s needs. 
Navy has similar simulation capability at HMAS Watson in Sydney that is compatible with the Australian Maritime College equipment.
By using the Tasmanian facility, Navy has the ability to feed the results directly back into training our future navigation specialists once the design is adopted.
Having experienced Navy operators working alongside the wharf design and College research teams brought together the best skills to achieve this activity.
It’s just one of the examples of Navy using simulation as a key tool in capability development in order to improve ship and port safety and efficiency.