Constructing or changing a port facility has a great impact on the surrounding environment. Through simulation it is possible to show the consequences of a given change, and the thus acquired knowledge makes it possible to make sustainable decisions.

In order to evaluate and verify a port layout, the selected area is modelled in the simulator with a visual model of the area.

To obtain a detailed understanding of the area and the local restrictions a meeting at the site with all involved parties is proposed. The site inspection will also be used to take photographs of buildings and other landmarks, enabling a highly realistic visual model of the area to be generated. Based on charts and harbour drawings provided by the client, FORCE Technology is able to establish the numerical models of the bathymetry and topography. It is possible to implement wave and current fields calculated by numerical models such as the hydrodynamic model MIKE21 developed by DHI – Water & Environment directly.

The visual model is based on texture techniques. Photo textures can be applied to all fixed or moving objects thus creating a highly realistic environment. The system can provide night, dusk, and daylight scenes and reduced visibility due to fog, snow or rain.

Own Ships and traffic ships are shown in the visual scene together with buoys and navigational lights with appropriate colours, sectors and flashing characteristics. Wave action is shown in the scene according to the sea state and direction specified, and the horizon moves according to the motions of the Own Ship. Sound signals (Own Ship – traffic ships) as well as engine noise, thruster noise, wind noise and sea noise is heard on FORCE Technology’s full-mission simulators.

Coupling of simulators For engineering studies and simulations involving tug boats we have the possibility of coupling up to 4 simulators, e.g. Own Ship and 3 tug boats manned by Tug Masters. This advanced simulation tool and the involvement of Tug Masters in a realistic environment has assured valuable input on the manoeuvring strategies for new ports or terminals.

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