Purpose Marine Simulator- Another
from TSF 'On Location' magazine.
The new Marine Simulator
has just been installed at the Company's training centre in
Aberdeen. The simulator capable of holding up to 8 personnel
and is mounted on a computer controlled motion platform that
will provide a realistic training base for personnel who require
courses for semi-submersibles and jack-up drilling rigs.
Aberdeen Training Center
will now be able to train our personnel in Stability, Major
Emergency Management and Marine Operations for Self-Elevating
Platforms (Jack-Ups) and also be able to carry out OIM assessments.
As a result, 5 courses that have traditionally been carried
out by external providers will now be done in-house using our
own policies and procedures ensuring that we comply with legislation
and Transoceans corporate minimum standards.
This is the only
facility in the world that is capable of combining both marine
and emergency response simulations to give true reproduction
of cause and affect. Another Transocean FIRST!
as the name suggests, is multi-purpose, and can reproduce the
environment of a Jacking Control Room for a jack up rig and
3 classes of semi-submersibles - a 710 series, Aker H4.2 and
a GVA 4000. The simulator is capable of 15 degrees (half amplitude)
combined pitch and roll using linear actuator motors rather
than hydraulics, that are computer controlled. This can simulate
the effects of inclination, wave motion as experienced by a
floating vessel and also any jolts, judders and lurches that
might be associated with jack-up punch through, explosions,
structural failure, collision etc.
There are 3 main
parts of the simulator - a training room that is mounted on
a motion platform, an instructors suite, and a separate observer/assessors
room where the training can monitored by company and independent
assessors. The training room is fitted out with two consoles,
controlling Marine Operations and the other controlling Emergency
Systems such as Fire & Gas panels.
The Marine console
on the platform contains all the functionality of a ballast
control room, with eight touch-sensitive screens for the control
of all functions that a Ballast Control Operator would have
associated with ballasting, mooring and weatherconditions to
realistically, and accurately, simulate the behaviour of a rig.
This includes shifting of weight on deck, in pontoons and on
the cranes etc. The influence of the environment be it flat
calm or blowing a hurricane and damage to the installation.
The Emergency Response
Console also houses 8 touch sensitive screens that replicates
each rig's fire and gas alarm system, ESD's, Alarm system and
power generation management systems
The trainees using
the touch sensitive screens control mimics of panels, displayed
on the screens, to control various functions. The consequence
of the trainees actions result in the simulation software interpreting
the action then producing a relevant response that results in
the change in the status of displays, and, if appropriate, platform
motion and alarms etc.
The room is also
outfitted with 4 CCTV cameras so Training and Assessments can
be recorded onto VHS or DVD-RW to demonstrate competency of
the personnel and be used as a training aid. In addition there
are 4 telephones, 4 VHF radios and two PA points digitally fed
suite, replicates the consoles in the training room, but with
the added facility of "Instructor Intervention" to
input variables into the various scenarios to produce various
results for cause and affect, depending on how the scenario
is progressing. The instructor's suite also has facilities for
role players to act as Coastguard SAR coordinators, Stand-by
Vessel, police etc.
The Observers Room
is located in a separate area and does not have any control
functionality, other than to give messages to the instructor
if the assessor wishes to give some instruction to the instructor
to address some action. The main objective of the Observers
Room is to allow observation of activities and events within
the training room and the Instructor's suite.
Training for Emergency
Response will include such scenarios as , Machinery Space Explosion
and Fire, Accomodation Fire, Helicopter incidents, Collision
or wave damage causing structural collapse, evacuation, loss
of communications, loss of essential facilities and loss of
mooring. And if that is not enough, if you are on the Jack Up
simulation we can also give you Jack Up punch throughs, leg
subsidence, loss of leg integrity, evacuation procedures etc.
the contract to PiSYS, an Aberdeen based technical software
company who have considerable previous experience in the building
of training simulator systems, but this is the first time emergency
response simulator training has been integrated with marine
training for jack-ups and semi-submersibles that will give the
actual cause and effect.
The Training Center
was fortunate to receive a visit by Transocean's CEO Mike Talbert,
Bob Long (President & COO) and Jeff Chaistain (VP Investor
Relations & Communications), during their recent trip to
Aberdeen. After being "put through their paces" with
the rig pitching and rolling over 10 degrees during a force
12 hurricane and failed mooring systems, they escaped very impressed
(but not too shaken) with the capability of the simulator, and
the type of training it is capable of offering.