Trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) training simulator

IHC knowledge-based realistic training simulators for TSHD operators

IHC training simulators are useful for TSHD operators in order to advance their dredge process awareness, competences, experience and efficiency without the need to utilise expensive on board equipment. Investment in a simulator saves money, fuel, emissions and training time. Newly recruited trainees can reach the same level as experienced operators and enhance overall efficiency on a TSHD.

  • Accelerated learning and experience curves for TSHD operators
  • Better utilisation of the TSHD, improved safety and less downtime
  • Realistic control consoles, process presentation and outside view
  • Multiple trainee classroom possible
  • Features soil, vessel and environmental parameters – trainer can influence the process

Main features

  • Simulates operational and safety aspects of the TSHD dredging process: suction pipe handling, pumping, hopper loading process and discharging process by dumping, rainbowing or pumping ashore.
  • Includes simulation of jet, gland and flushing water, and the hydraulic system (simulated soil properties influence all models).
  • Realistic front and rear outside views, with free flying ‘camera’ and weather and sea state conditions, enhanced by vibration and sound simulation.
  • DTM, job area and soil properties can be uploaded from survey data and updated in real time during simulation.
  • ‘Water’ can be drained for a vivid impression of the dredged seafloor or profile.

Models and extensions

  • Models are based on state-of-the art IHC knowledge concerning vessel and equipment behaviour, dredge processes and soil properties.
  • Navigation can be enhanced by state-of-the-art hydrodynamic models, possibly coupled to a DP/DT system.
  • Configurable for multiple dredgers.
  • Includes full consoles, presentation, and control and automation features of the real vessel(s).
  • Separate trainer desk for interaction with the training, environment and dredging process.
  • The trainer can influence the process by changing important parameters, overruling settings or introducing sensor faults – the trainee must react accordingly.

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