Float-over topside by Heerema H851

Topside installation by Boskalis Offshore Taklift 4

The OBELICS JIP results in the development of an engineering and

operation simulator suitable for both designing and

training purposes.

OBELICS successfully conclu G

iven the growth of the offshore Oil & Gas and renewables market and the need to provide valuable train-

ing tools and to improve existing technology, the launch of the OBELICS Joint Industry Project (JIP) came just at the right time.

Existing time domain simulation technology already addresses multi-vessel simulation in a dynamic wind-wave-current environment, allowing various interactions by human operators but the capability that was missing to make the step to offshore operations was proper heavy lifting and ballasting. The JIP is an initiative from the following participants: Statoil, BigLift, Heerema Marine Contractors, Hydrographic and Marine Consult- ants, Jumbo, MARIN, Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), Boskalis Offshore, Scaldis and TreeC.

Noël Bovens & Eelco Frickel 10 report

In April 2011, OBELICS started the chal- lenging journey towards developing heavy lift and ballast operation simulation. The main objective of the two-year JIP was to develop simulation software for ballast and

lift operations of extreme loads, incorporating all the relevant dynamics of an offshore environment. This software is integrated and visualised in a real time environment to verify and/or practice these types of offshore operations. Additionally, the JIP aimed to close the gap between operations and engineering, to secure the knowledge base and to enlarge the problem solving capability on the engineering side.

By adding newly developed Ballast & Lifting functionality to the existing simulation framework, OBELICS is capable of simulating offshore heavy lift and ballast operations interactively, both for engineering and for training purposes.

Full Mission Simulators As part of the JIP, simulations were conducted utilising three Full Mission Simulators (FMS) connected interactively, while simultaneously manned by a superintendent, a ballast operator, one or sometimes two crane operators and an ROV operator.

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