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Key features include a control desk with a number of touchscreens allowing the operators to operate and monitor all the propulsion and auxiliary systems through a distributive control system (DCS), monitor and accept alarms, and carry out trend analysis of main engine performance.
The room is also fitted with real throttle controls and telegraph to allow control of the engine from the control room. The control room contains the main low voltage switchboard containing real 440V breakers, synchronising panel and distribution panels.
The engine room comprises three interactive 3D workstations equipped with a 46” monitor with a 22” touchscreen navigation panel. This allows delegates to navigate through a photorealistic engine room, which corresponds to the model in use and interacts with equipment and systems.
Delegates can open and close valves, as well as stop and start electrically driven machinery, and carry out local monitoring and fault diagnosis using a toolbox. The toolbox contains a multimeter to measure voltage and current, a vibration meter, temperature probe, oil test kit and water test kit.
The emergency switchboard consists of a real switchboard and real circuit breakers, and a touchscreen monitor displaying the emergency generator and battery backup systems. The touchscreen allows students to stop and start the emergency generator and carry out monitoring and fault diagnosis using a toolbox. The toolbox contains a multimeter to measure voltage and current, a vibration meter, temperature probe, oil test kit and water test kit.
The simulator is controlled from an instructor station which is inaccessible to the delegates. A bridge console is fitted to allow simulation of the bridge controls and enables the instructors to play the roles of the master and bridge watchkeepers.
The benefits of the simulator software is that it allows the instructor to introduce a large number of faults in order to test participants’ technical skills and non-technical resource management skills, as well as the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the engineering team.
The simulator suite is covered by microphones and cameras, allowing the instructor to monitor participants' performance. A video recording system known as the after action review system (AAR) is also be available, allowing the simulator exercises to be replayed to the course participants during the post exercise debriefing sessions.
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