FORCE Technology has launched a new service providing remote access to maritime navigation simulation systems for the purpose of testing planned port and harbour construction projects.
The new SimFlex Cloud for engineering studies offering is designed to be used during the planning phase of maritime infrastructure projects to allow proposed developments to be evaluated in real-time and under operational conditions without the requirement to visit a physical simulator facility.
The service is an expansion of FORCE Technology’s latest generation SimFlex Cloud simulator, making the company’s engineering design and testing services fully available online to provide remote and real-time access to simulations based on proposed structural or vessel routing changes, using any of the 700 mathematical ship models in the SimFlex Cloud vessel database.
While FORCE Technology already provides engineering check-out services using its in-house simulators, SimFlex Cloud for engineering studies introduces online access for testing at any time and from anywhere with a stable broadband connection.
Navigators and bridge officers charged with verifying the impact of port and harbour design changes can control their vessel models using a mouse and keyboard and a specially designed operator console for desktop simulation, and can also operate their vessels in the first person using a new Augmented Reality (AR) function.
“Engineering design verification is a key service provided by the expert team at our state-of-the-art simulator facility in Lyngby, Denmark,” said Jan Michelsen, Head of Department, Simulation, Ports and Training at Force Technology.
“Providing online access to these services through the introduction of SimFlex Cloud for engineering studies is a natural step that will help to optimise our customers’ workflows and allow them to make the most of their infrastructure planning and design budgets.” “The system also enables us to support customers from further afield, as online access significantly reduces the need for first-hand time with our full-mission simulator.”