Merchant Ship Simulators,
MARITIME INST OF TECH AND GRADUATE STUDIES LINTHICUM HEIGHTS MD
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As recently as 14 years ago, the various tasks involved with sailing merchant ships was reviewed and emphasis was placed on those considered appropriate for simulator training. Following this move, development was started by several organizations throughout the world on ship simulators. This paper presents the story of the work that led up to completion of two large ship simulators. The size of these simulators plus motion to simulate heavy weather and a 360 deg horizontal field of view led to many interesting design experiences. The problems, errors and successes that were encountered during the design, development and final construction of these devices should be of importance to future planners of marine simulators. The mathematical instrumentation, performance measurement, and instructor control are based on training requirements. Of maximum importance is the visual input to the trainee. The fidelity of the simulator is judged by this presentation.