How Heerema’s Simulation Center makes the impossible possible onshore

Event organised by Offshore Engineering Society

01 June, 2022


Wednesday 1st June 2022 at 18:00 hrs
at the
Institution of Civil Engineers, Godfrey Mitchell Theatre, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

Presented by Vincent Mullenders (Simulation Engineer, Heerema Marine Contractors)

What better way to understand the feasibility of an offshore heavy lift operation than by performing a real-time virtual practice run before the actual operations actually take place? The offshore environment is changing, where complexity of projects is increasing and new products are being delivered. At the same time costs need to go down and the golden offshore rule of ’First time right’ is still very much applicable. It is required to be fully in control on every aspect of these critical operations. With the use of our simulation center these challenges can be overcome.

Heerema’s Simulation Center (HSC) is a real-time virtual offshore environment in which we integrate our customers’ proposed project activities into a realistic 3D world of operations. Before executing our projects offshore the high fidelity simulator is able to test and verify critical parameters such as wave conditions, Dynamic Positioning (DP), lift capacity, clearances and vessel stability.

This digital tool completely changed engineering in all phases of the project life cycle since its first use in 2015. Being able to combine our offshore crew and project teams together in an early stage has already led to an efficiency improvement for all parties (i.e. client, fabricator and offshore operator) involved and has improved the Operational Excellence offshore. Our DNV-GL-certified offshore simulator facility is equipped with two offshore crane operator domes, winch operation stations and a full mission bridge that has DP simulation capability.

A team of dedicated simulation engineers and visual designers is continuously preparing our offshore projects and developing new tools to expand our possibilities. Simulation models are constantly being improved and refined with data captured from live operations. The fidelity of the models ensures that we can trial any planned operation in our simulator and find out exactly what will happen at sea under various conditions. With high confidence in the accuracy of the results at the simulator center, we optimize complex operations before our vessels leave port. We can test different approaches, in different weather and sea states, to ensure we are ready for various conditions on the day. Making the impossible possible onshore.

We believe that simulation is not a stage in the process but a tool throughout the process. During this presentation we will give you an insight into how we prepare, execute and learn from simulations and what sort of results can be achieved from ‘Engineering with the Human Factor in the loop’. We show you some examples ranging from module installation on a floating production platform for the Oil & Gas industry to completely new installation methods in the offshore renewables industry.

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