Hooked on simulation! Modal team grabs top technology

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Dec 2016

A SIGNIFICANT appointment has been made by Modal Training as it seeks to bring the best in crane simulation to the UK's first fully-integrated multimodal logistics centre.

Offshore Simulator Centre AS has been brought in to create the sophisticated set-up at the £7 million centre in Immingham, and the visuals released of the suite are certainly impressive.

At the heart of the new facility will be two crane simulators housed in domes, each with seven projectors, capable of creating realistic training environments. There will also be six desktop classroom crane simulators, four deck personnel simulators, an instructor station and a debrief room.

The suite will be used to train individuals to drive all kinds of cranes, across a wide range of portside and offshore operations. They are also designed to give trainees the skills and experience they need to work on turbine installation, in the Humber's developing wind energy sector.

Importantly, the crane simulators can also be used to simulate offshore ship's bridge and underwater ROV vehicle applications. This will allow whole teams of crane drivers, deck hands and offshore vessel operators to train together in a wide range of critical scenarios.

Sam Whitaker, pictured left, director of strategic projects at Grimsby Institute Group, said: "Global investment in renewables is increasing, with some of the world's biggest energy firms laying down roots here in the Humber region – the UK's energy estuary. To realise the opportunities in this sector, high-quality, bespoke training is needed in order to meet the requirements of businesses in the renewables supply chain. This ranges from new recruits entering the sector, to professional development for the existing workforce.

"Simulation is at the heart of what we offer at Modal Training. It is safe, effective and cost efficient, and we are delighted that OSC, a world leader in offshore simulator solutions, will be providing a suite of equipment unique to us.

"We're confident this will help to create a new generation of highly-skilled offshore operators and will be key to streamlining the processes for offshore wind farm installation and service."

Jointly funded by Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP, as part of the Humber Growth Deal, Modal Training is being located within a dedicated 5,500 sq ft site on Kings Road, Immingham, where it is gearing up to open.

Joel Alexander Mills, chief executive of OSC, said: "Modal Training required a crane simulation solution to serve a range of training needs, covering portside and offshore operations, and wind turbine installation. It also needed a system that would enable a whole team to train together in critical scenarios. We are delighted that OSC has been chosen to deliver this solution to Modal Training.

"A simulator environment like this will allow users to gain experience in so many cranes and operations which would take years in the workplace but can be found in just a few days in simulation. The hope is that, with the large investment in offshore wind parks off the east coast, this simulator tool can be invaluable in training large numbers of local people and drawing new people to relocate to the area.

"The very best simulation technology makes people forget they're not in a real environment. We believe good simulation is very simple. It requires a rich environment, with images that engulf the simulator, along with cutting edge physics, providing a real-word experience."

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