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SIMULATION TRAINING


WHY ‘VIRTUAL’ HAS BECOME A ‘REALITY’ FOR TRAINING EXCELLENCE


Improved technology has brought fully immersive ‘virtual reality’ simulator- based training into the real world, and many organisations are reaping the benefits.


Early adopters of this type of training have included aviation, military, nuclear, space and medical – a seemingly diverse set of industries, but all where mistakes can have catastrophic consequences.


As technology has progressed and the benefits of simulator-based training have become apparent, other sectors including process and maritime have incorporated it into their standard training practices.


WHAT IS SIMULATOR TRAINING, WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES, AND WHERE CAN YOU GO TO GET IT? What kinds of simulator training are available? – computer based simulator training covers a wide variety of systems from desktop packages to fully immersive experiences.


Recent advances in computer processing power, graphics and other technologies have seen dramatic improvements in simulators and their ability to react in a life- like way to the actions of their users.


Full mission simulators accurately recreate visual scenes, instrument presentations, sounds, motions and other systems in order to create a realistic operational environment for training to take place.


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There is widespread academic evidence that simulator-based training not only speeds up the learning process but that it also improves the retention of new information in a controlled and safe environment.


Simulator-based training has been shown to improve performance in three broad areas, functional skills, problem solving ability and team work.


PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT Whether you’re developing the fine motor skills required to carry out a delicate maintenance procedure, or you are learning the complex instrument controls of a ship’s engine room, repeated practise is essential to grow competence and confidence.


As well as being an ideal system to allow this, simulator training enables learners to progress in a controlled way and at their own pace, with the opportunity for detailed feedback at every stage.


It also helps companies tackle some of the issues associated with an ageing workforce and the fact that, for many companies, there just isn’t the time for new recruits to learn from their more experienced peers.


Patrick Henry, Managing Director


MODAL TRAINING FACILITY When it opens later this year, Modal Training will have an array of computer based simulators at its state-of-the-art facility in Immingham, including a range of full mission ship, crane and driver simulators. In addition, many of the simulators have the ability to interact with each other providing unparalleled opportunities for cross functional team training.


SIMULATOR TRAINING CAN HELP TACKLE THIS KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER ISSUE IN SEVERAL WAYS… • Speeds up the learning process • Helps people retain information more effectively


• Embeds safe working practices • Allows practise of unusual or emergency events in a much shorter time frame than real life may allow – for instance practicing in a range of weather conditions.


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