Cloud simulator training certification added by DNV

DNV has added certification of cloud-based simulation systems and all related function areas to its ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems standard, with a revised version of the documentation adding a new class D covering cloud and remote access technologies.

As use of remote education and training tools continues to grow, and to enable serving seafarers to renew their existing certificates in accordance with international requirements, a cross-industry project with simulator suppliers and end-users was created to develop a new simulator class D for all function areas covering cloud-based distant learning simulators with virtual reality (VR) requirements.

Until now, physical-realism requirements have described hardware and interfaces, as well as the operating environment, in line with the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Convention.

Although remote simulation is not new technology in itself, the core focus of the revision was on the replacement of hardware with a software-enabled artificial environment, presented in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment (VR) while still maintaining the required behavioural realism.

The most important aspect in remote setups are instructor and assessor facilities, DNV notes. The new class now divides between: (a) interactive, synchronous, continuous online instructor-led simulation; (b) detached, asynchronous student-led simulation; or a combination of (a) and (b) when operated synchronously or asynchronously depending upon the nature of the exercise to meet training objectives.

“As one of the first to develop remote, cloud-based simulation solutions, meeting the demand for new training methods, Kongsberg Digital is delighted that DNV has developed this new class D certification. It recognises the value contributed by cloud-based technology in recent months and how it can continue to be an integral part of maritime training in the future,” said Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital.

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