Dredge simulators in short

Modern industries use dedicated simulators widely for crew training. The idea is to provide realistic training while eliminating accidents, production losses, damage to highly expensive assets and even personal injury.

Simulators are an important element in a comprehensive dredging training programme. As well as the cost and safety considerations, there are two other reasons for the use of simulators. 

Crew in dredge simulator

Efficient and sustainable

Advanced automation and control systems make it possible to use the innovative equipment in efficient and sustainable ways in circumstances with more difficult soils and tougher site constraints, but final performance still depends on the crew and the project management. Highly competent crew and staff – utilising a combination of proper dredging knowledge, skills and experience – are vital. 

Need for recruitment and training

Current project sizes and huge equipment investment programmes are leading to an increasing shortage of experienced crew. So, the need for recruitment and training is clear. Simulators have a role to play in both these areas. Of course, Royal IHC training simulators are, in the first place, used to familiarise operators with the manual control of the installation on board, to teach them to get the best out of monitoring and automatic control systems and to train appropriate responses to difficult situations, failing equipment and calamities. But they open up other opportunities: They can be used to familiarise technical staffers, electricians and field managers with the operational ins and outs of jobs and the possibilities of the vessels deployed on that job, to draw in new talent and to motivate new staff and assess their potential.

Key features


Royal IHC training simulator incorporates the following key features:

  • copy of the dredgers control equipment and instrumentation panels, as far as relevant to the process
  • physics engine to calculate accurate forces between interacting bodies
  • physical models to create realistic processes such as soil interaction and mixture transport
  • physical models are built with expertise and models from Royal IHC’s R&D departments
  • models are based on IHC’s years of experience with vessel and mission equipment
  • use of a 3D engine to create lifelike views of the vessel and the surroundings
  • development of realistic 3D ship models by Royal IHC design department or from third party designers
  • scalable from small vessels to the world’s largest vessels
  • dimensions and equipment are an exact match of the real vessel
  • user interfaces are copies of the actual vessel
  • powerful tool to educate anyone on the vessel equipment, layout and processes
  • ideal to familiarize operators with manual controls and the full potential of the automation systems on-board
  • equipped with options to impose challenging situations on experienced crew members
  • game controller-based camera positioning gives the opportunity to show any detail even under water
  • Picture In Picture images on the outside image for simulating CCTV camera’s or focus on relevant scene’s
  • external forces applied by passing vessels or quay walls 
  • multiple vessels can be simulated and may be selected upon use
  • accompanied by a train the trainer course by professional trainers of the IHC training institute
  • avoids costly downtime or even damage to the actual vessel
  • an attractive marketing application.
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