UAS Ketchikan Marine Simulator Upgrade
The main benefit of a simulator is the ability for users to experience more learning events in one week than a person may experience out on the water in five or ten years.
This fall, the UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation department completed a $65,000 upgrade to the Ship Simulator Lab in order to better train maritime students. These upgrades included adding another helm station, increasing the number of 50” screens from one to three, and adding new local and other Southeast Alaska training simulation areas, including Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell Narrows and Snow Pass. The main benefit of a simulator is the ability for users to experience more learning events in one week than a person may experience out on the water in five or ten years. Another benefit is that a simulator is less expensive than running real vessels and if a user makes a mistake, there is no danger to property or people.
The upgraded simulator capabilities allow for the display of varying environmental conditions: any time of day or night with celestial bodies accurately displayed for date and time selected; varied states of visibility – fog, rain or snow; varied states of wind, sea and current with control of strength and direction. The simulator controller can initiate the movement of over 200 different types of vessels as well as aircraft, floating objects, person in the water, wrecks and land objects, as well as allowing for auto or manual steering.
Funding for the project was provided by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Technical Vocational Education Program (TVEP).