History

Simulator Development History

The inauguration of the Meriturva Simulator Centre, from the left to right: S.V.Palekhov, Head of the Shipping Policy Department at the RF Ministry of Transport, A.N.Chelingarov, Deputy Chairman of the RF State Duma, William O’Neill, IMO Secretary General

The inauguration of the Meriturva Simulator Centre, from the left to right: S.V.Palekhov, Head of the Shipping Policy Department at the RF Ministry of Transport, A.N.Chelingarov, Deputy Chairman of the RF State Duma, William O’Neill, IMO Secretary General

In the nineties the simulation market was huge, so were the prices for simulators. At that time, a full-mission hardware based bridge simulator using complex computing technologies would cost up to $8 million dollars.

Nikolay Levedev, Transas Group President: “We were the first to appreciate that sophisticated and expensive equipment could be developed on the basis of an ordinary PC. We chose to manufacture PC-based products of outstanding quality and reliability through the application of the innovative ideas and aspirations of highly-qualified professionals. This resulted in new maritime training solutions. It was due to Transas innovations that simulator prices worldwide dropped from several million to thousands of dollars, making the equipment affordable for low-budget training facilities and educational centres”. The outcome was not inferior in quality in spite of its price. It was important for users that the product was certified by corresponding authorities, was of high quality and provided genuine feeling of being onboard. So year 1993 saw creation of Navi-Trainer family products, operating on one, two or three PCs. In the same year appeared a product, which allowed certification of officers, Navi-Trainer Professional. Later the range of simulation products was broadened with GMDSS, engine room, liquid cargo handling simulators and systems intended for oil spill response training.

This stage coincided with the extensive worldwide distribution of the Windows multitask operation system and network, video and sound cards for personnel computers, which allowed a rapid advance to professional simulation system production. Transas simulation solutions were given Youth & Training Lloyds’s List Awards (1998) for outstanding achievements in the development of simulation technologies.

Communication technology has opened up the possibility of integration of different simulators within a local area or even with another country. Integration allows the construction of a virtual ship, harbour, ocean or world – the possibilities are endless. Integrated simulators are being used for team/management training as well as decision-making in crisis situations across continents.