Use of simulators to streamline port construction

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Building a port is an expensive and difficult business, which can sometimes see investors struggle to hit the return on their investment. However, the latest generation of simulators is here to help.

Inside a nondescript office building near Southampton, UK, lies the latest advance in port design. Down a corridor in a darkened room sits a ship’s bridge, complete with controls and screens to mirror real-life conditions, so sensitive that when DPC sister publication Ports and Harbors’s (P&H’s) Jonathan Robins attempted to berth a container ship in a nice, safe port, with a little bit of weather to make it interesting, he felt distinctly queasy.

“Terminals, ports, floating oil and gas, floating LNG, anything that is of a significant potential investment offshore or on the ship-shore interface,” said Phil Thompson, BMT’s director responsible for its global simulation and training business, rattling off a list of projects that its REMBRANDT simulation technology has been used to model or design.

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