Simulating new Navy wharf design

 

The Royal Australian Navy has assessed a proposed wharf design using the Australian Maritime College’s maritime simulator.

Navy navigation specialists worked with AMC staff and design teams to model the new wharf and simulate vessels manoeuvring around it.

Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at proposed wharf.

Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at the new wharf

Four types of ship and a submarine were subjected to various environmental conditions such as strong current and high winds.

Commander Nick Tate explained that the simulated assessment was part of the Navy’s work to build a new wharf.

“Running the simulations on the proposed new wharf is an important step in making sure the design’s position, alignment and structure meet Navy’s needs.

“It’s just one examples of Navy using simulation as a key tool in capability development in order to improve ship and port safety and efficiency.”

Commander Tate explains that the Navy turned to AMC because its simulation facilities are compatible with their own.

“Navy simulators are predominantly used for training, whereas we needed to assess the proposed wharf design against a range of ship types and environmental conditions.

“Using the AMC facility, we were able to use our existing ship models and take the data from the simulated runs and use them for training purposes on our own systems.”

“We were impressed with the professionalism of the staff, and the ease that the Navy, AMC staff and design teams were able to work together.

Commander Tate explained that having experienced Navy operators working alongside the wharf design and College research teams brought together the right skills to achieve successful outcomes.

“We were impressed with the professionalism of the staff, and the ease that the Navy, AMC staff and design teams were able to work together. The report we got at the end was excellent and met all of our needs.”

 

Maritime Simulation Centre

The Australian Maritime College’s state-of-the-art Maritime Simulation Centre includes a Full Mission Bridge simulator – a full-scale mock-up of a ship and its surroundings – as well as 360 degree tug simulators, dynamic positioning simulators, ship operation cubicles and an engine room simulator.

The simulation facilities and AMC’s training and research experts are available for consulting, training and research via AMC Search. For more information, please contact Matt Best, General Manager – Simulations.