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Learning by doing by Jim L. Hansen

It is a fact that learning by doing is the most effective way to learn new procedures. This has R. Stahl Tranberg, a major supplier of helideck illumination systems, acknowledged and developed a stunning VR simulator for assembly of helideck lightning.

Together with R. Stahl Tranberg Morild Interaktiv have developed a mobile VR-simulator tailored for installation guidance of helideck lightning. The Helideck system from R. Stahl Tranberg includes, Circle & H, illuminated windsocks, flood-, perimeter-, status- and obstruction lights and control systems. The simulator allows you to familiarize with the products, assemble and control lights on a platform.

It is a growing trend in using VR-simulator technology as a manual for assembly and operation. R. Stahl Tranberg have operators in all corners of the world, and a mobile VR-simulator is a perfect tool to demonstrate how products are assembled and operated. In addition, it is perfect for sales and demonstration.

The VR simulator gives the user a full 360 degree view which make assembly of the helideck system extremely realistic. In addition, you can pick up and study each component in exploded view. The instructor can change sea state, visibility and toggle between day and night modes, and make you experience how the lights work from a helicopter – which also adds to the realism. All done by using an app on cell phone.

Morild Interaktiv is proud to co-operate with R. Stahl Tranberg. Since the company was established in 1901 in Stavanger, Norway - the TRANBERG name have been associated with quality. Through most of its 115 years of operation, the company has been challenged by the Norwegian ship building industry to develop and manufacture durable electro-mechanical products for marine applications. As the oil and gas industry built up its activity in the North Sea in the 70’s TRANBERG became an active partner for this industry and developed a wide range of electro-mechanical products for use in hazardous areas (Ex-products). 

Today R. Stahl Tranberg AS is a part of R. Stahl group, a leading supplier of products, systems and services for explosion protection and system safety worldwide. The company has decades of experience and offers explosion protection and safety technology in all forms, be it LED lighting, control boxes, signalling devices or monitoring equipment. 

The VR-helideck simulator was first launched at the Nor-shipping exhibit in June.

Video capture from VR simulator

Deep sea simulation by Jim L. Hansen

Highly sophisticated equipment has to be moved into the deep when oil and gas are to be recovered from thousands of meters below seabed. On board the new rig Deepsea Nordkapp, simulator technology is now used to increase the safety and efficiency of underwater operations.

The brand new drilrig “Deepsea Nordkapp” of Moss CS-60 design is the newcomer in the Oddfjell Drilling fleet. The rig is built to carry out operations in the Barents Sea, and over the next two years, it will be drilling for Aker BP. Seaonics has delivered an electrically powered winch with operator stations and system containers. The winch is used to place subsea installations in connection with wellheads. Along with the delivery there is also a simulator that will be used for training of operators.

“The customer wanted a simulator because the winch itself is used relatively few times a year, and then with expensive equipment involved. Operators must therefore be able to train on handling in periods between actual winch operations. This is why the simulator is made as a mobile device and placed onboard, says Kai Johnsen Product Manager Digital Solutions at Seaonics, who has led the development of the simulator.

Morild Interaktive is behind the visualization and wire physics in the simulator. The simulator on board Deepsea Nordkapp is a collaborative project where Seaonics simulates the control system and winch, which then connects to the visualization from Morild Interaktiv. “Seaonics sends signals from their simulation models that represent the handling of the equipment to our visual world, where our solutions visualize this in a extremely realistic way in real time. We have used the same approach for many clients over the years”, says CEO Olav Vorren in Morild Interaktiv. Vorren adds that the company also provides complete solutions, where they perform both simulation and visualization.

The simulator itself consists of a wheeled rack with simulator, hardware for driving the control system, control panel for the winch, radio control that is often used on deck, and an instructor station in the form of a tablet. Basically, a duplicate setup in relation to the control system for the winch itself.

The instructor of the simulator can trigger situations that the operator must respond to. The instructor application is web-based and runs on a tablet and communicates with the simulator via WiFi. The instructor can choose from four pre-defined scenarios that allow one to practice the most critical phases of lowering and lifting. In addition, the instructor can initiate several sets of error codes, ranging from overheating to cable breaks that the operator must be able to handle after a given procedure.

Video capture from simulator

UPTIME offers better product training by Jim L. Hansen

UPTIME delivers crew boat gangway VR simulator to their customer Candy Fleet in Louisiana made by Morild Interaktiv. And there's more to come, says Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International.

UPTIME delivers crew boat gangway VR simulator to their customer Candy Fleet in Louisiana made by Morild Interaktiv. And there's more to come, says Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International.

Virtual reality (VR) has entered maritime industry, and is now increasingly used in product training. As one of the leading suppliers of offshore gangways, Uptime International now uses VR simulators to reduce training costs for its customers.

Morild Interaktiv recently launched a VR crew gangway simulator for Uptime International. The simulator is purpose built to train gangway operators in procedures and handling the gangway.
“We are committed to being at the forefront of development and giving our customers the best tools,” says Olav-Rasmus Vorren CEO at Morild Interaktiv which specialises in developing training solutions based on high-end simulator technology.

Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International tells that it is expensive for their customers to train on the use of the gangway on board the vessel. With a VR simulator, the operators can train on shore as often as they want before they use it in actual operations.

Caption from the gangway VR simulator delivered to Candy Fleet.

Caption from the gangway VR simulator delivered to Candy Fleet.

The simulator technology is very well suited for learning procedures and testing out functionality, and not least for repeating the operations multiple times. In particular, simulators based on VR are well suited for training purposes since the cost is low compared to traditional simulators.
“We now deliver VR simulator along with our gangways. First out is the company Candy Fleet located in Louisiana, which has many vessels and operators, and thus a great need for product training,” says Svein Ove Haugen sales & marketing manager at Uptime International.

The crew boat gangway simulator delivered to Candy Fleet consists of a laptop, joysticks and VR headset. Operators are trained in operating the gangway and land it under different weather conditions.
“The operators have to train completely without risk of damaging the walkway or landing platform. In addition, they are trained to handle all functions before operating the actual gangway. This significantly reduces training costs and time spent,“ says Svein Ove Haugen.

Initially, it is the company's 12 meter gangway that is offered with VR simulator, but Bjørnar Huse has plans to offer simulators along with several of their products.
"The technology in VR has come so far today that it is easy for everyone to use the equipment, and we get feedback from our customers that this is useful and cost-saving for them," explains Huse. He adds that this is a supplement in the training of operators, and cannot replace the certification schemes offered by the company.

The simulators are developed in close collaboration between Uptime and Morild Interaktiv.

VR makes better learning more affordable by Jim L. Hansen

Your business can not thrive without well trained employees. And it is well know that nothing beats real job experience. But training accidents are common in many industries, and damage to equipment reduces downtime and income.

To increase personnel skill levels, high number of repetitions of scenarios and procedures is necessary - this is where VR truly shines as the perfect solution.

Virtual reality simulators are a cost-effective tool for familiarisation to environment and equipment. With quality content based upon your business best practice, you can handle high risk or dangerous situations within a controlled environment. VR is truly a safe place to increase your competence.

And let us not forget, not only will you acquire information relevant to your job, but you can start practicing your skills from day one.

It is also well documented that we learn faster studying visuals rather than text. VR training is presented in a visually stunning 3D format which most people find far more appealing than regular old text. You practically bring enthusiasm and engagement to the classroom!

Virtual reality training has until a few years ago been a tool for high-end commercial and military applications. The reduction in hardware prices, faster and better software and a rapidly growing industry of developers of VR solutions means that today the technology is available and cheaper than ever before.

Virtual training simulators allow people to train faster and better with technology that fits inside a laptop.

This gives you a world of opportunities – you are free to join 😊