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Augmented reality simulator boosts pilot training

Caption: New Augmented Reality system to be added to Smartship Australia’s SimFlex4 simulator capabilities.

Force Technology has been selected to deliver its SimFlex4 AR solution as part of an extensive upgrade for the Queensland-based maritime simulation and training facility, Smartship Australia.

Smartship Australia focuses on professional pilotage training and development, advanced ship handling, port development, risk reduction, and opportunities assessment from its modern facility in Brisbane, which encompasses five marine simulators, including two full mission bridges, one Tug bridge, and two-part task simulators.

The simulation centre upgrade commenced in October 2023 and will result in the installation and commissioning of a cutting-edge advanced augmented reality (AR) simulator in the first quarter of 2024. It will become the first and most advanced maritime AR simulator on the Australian continent, the company claims. The simulator platform is ready for FORCE Technology’s upcoming DEN-Mark2 mathematical model release in 2024, which will offer improved model accuracy as well as enhanced line forces calculations, a major advantage when operating with tugboats and conducting advanced mooring studies.

Jan Michelsen, Director for FORCE Technology’s Simulation, Ports, Training and Human Factors/Safety Management business, says: “Our work to help Smartship Australia deploy the latest technology within the maritime VR simulation space is cutting-edge. SimFlex AR technology offers one of the best immersive mixed reality experiences ever designed, featuring photorealistic visual fidelity and super advanced model accuracy that I am confident will unlock substantial gains for Smartship Australia customers going forward.”

 

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