BMT Rembrandt simulator is cloud technology breakthrough

Written by Nick Blenkey
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BMT reports that its Rembrandt ship simulator solution has successfully completed its first virtually operated maritime simulation trials. The trials, hailed by BMT as “a cloud technology breakthrough,” were carried out in partnership with BlueHill, Maine, based SeaChange Resources.

SeaChange’s BridgeQuest training course uses Rembrandt’s advanced simulation technology and reconstruction play back functionality to deliver leadership training using a single platform. To support the development of communication, collaboration and situational awareness skills, the course coaches virtual participants through the high-stress situation of a simulated maritime collision.

Previously, the complex computational models and hydrodynamic engines used in Rembrandt have required that the software be installed on a “local” computer to run effectively. However, following significant investment from BMT, the solution has now been optimized for virtual operation, enabling multiple users to remotely view, operate and analyze a maritime simulation.

“This now enables greater levels of collaboration online and the creation of more sophisticated models unrestrained by existing ‘local’ hardware,” said Dr Phil Thompson, director of simulation and training products at BMT. “Ultimately, this will provide a more realistic, safer and cost-efficient enhancement of live practical training for operators and trainers within de-risked and immersive learning environments.”

“This is a real game-changer for remote leadership training and team development,” said Kim Parrott ,CEO of SeaChange Resources..”Historically, this sort of training and leadership coaching required face-to-face workshops. However, by creating an immersive environment which participants can participate in remotely, we’re able to effectively develop leadership and collaboration skills online.”

BridgeQuest’s remote leadership training applies bridge resource management principles from the maritime industry. In five sessions, the virtual team members collaborate to conduct an accident and root cause analysis investigation using BMT’s Rembrandt technology. They then coordinate as a unified bridge team of captain, navigator and helm in “what-If” scenarios to resolve the accident. Throughout the 15-hour virtual experience, they are supported by expert coaching to develop key skills and safety responses.

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