The ACSM Simulator is a complete replica of a Triton XLS ROV console with control joystick, full ROV and TMS power switching and tether control, ancillary and tooling equipment control panels, and controls for Schilling 7P manipulator and Grabber. Six LCD monitors provided as viewing screens selectable to show simulated ROV and TMS video camera pictures, sonar display, system settings and diagnostics. A separate desk and PC console is positioned behind the trainees for the instructor to control and log the simulated scenarios or adjust any ROV or environmental settings whilst being able to view the ROV monitors and advise the trainee.
Computer simulation of subsea operations has repeatedly proved itself, in the real world, as a means of driving up profit with the following direct benefits:
• Quickly generate visualisations of scenarios that delivers ‘as real’ behaviour and vision for training
• Repeatable and quantifiable training in a completely safe environment, improving speed and quality
• Enable subsea mission planning and training, improving the project resources and assets
• Create a wide range of physics-based operational scenarios
• Provide detail and focus in one area or allowing a fly-through of an entire subsea field
• Decrease risk; work is virtually tested and planned out, ensuring safety for the project, job and equipment, with early identification of design and implementation errors
• Increase cost-effectiveness by increasing efficiency and reducing risk in the field; help project teams communicate effectively using an interactive 3-D environment.
The VMAX Project Simulator is a software packcage designed for “physycs based simulation” with several ROV vehicles for the offshore environment, and it’s capable of creating scenarios that are highly detailed and focused on one area of operation or broad in scope to allow a “fly-thru” of an entire subsea field. This state-of-the-art equipment is located in the ACSM’s ROV Logistic Base at Naron-Ferrol (Spain) for our own ROV personnel training.