Safety At Sea - Magazine - Features
01 Jul 2004
TRAINING, Simulators: just another tool
When it comes to simulator training it is not just the quality of the equipment that matters but the quality of the instructors using the equipment. “It’s a very important issue as the student is never better than the instructor running the simulator and the content around it,” says Terje Heierstad, product manager for ships’ bridge simulators at Kongsberg Maritime. He agrees that the quality of a course cannot just be judged on the quality of the equipment but the quality of the trainer needs to be assessed as well.
This theme was explored during Kongsberg’s Maritime European Simulator Users Conference, which took place in Rotterdam on 10-11 May. The majority of the 60 delegates attending the conference, which had the theme ‘Improved Learning Results from Simulator-Based Training’, were existing Kongsberg Maritime simulator customers.
Delegates got a brief update of the company’s product line, such as navigation simulators, the engine room simulator and cargo handling simulators. They also discussed post-simulator activities, something that “you should do before you start planning an exercise on the simulator” said Heierstad.
As well as selling its equipment, Konsberg also trains people to use its simulators. “We have instructor training courses and advanced training courses, which is training the trainers,” says Heierstad. The company holds its international user conferences every year but this year it has been split it into three – one European, one for Asia and one for the United States. The same programme is repeated for all three conferences, the next of which will be held in Singapore starting 19 September, to be followed by the final one in Orlando on 6 December.
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