Simulators are used for many purposes in the offshore industry such as for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research, and asset risk assessment. Importantly too they are used in the training environment and as part of competence assessments where they enable measurable assessment of individuals in training to be undertaken.
It is particularly with training and competence assessment in mind that the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC 2015) has produced the fourth revision of ‘Guidance on the use of simulators’ (IMCA C 014).
“This revision sets out a template for assessment on ROV simulators either within the training environment, or where the focus may more be on periodic drills and practice exercises designed to reduce skill fade, ” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “It is designed to complement the three grades of pilot technician set out in IMCA C 005 ‘Guidance document and competence tables: Remote Systems & ROV Division’ but with added criteria for co-pilot/observer.”
‘Guidance on the Use of Simulators’ was first published in 2010 and then updated in August 2011, June 2012 and September 2013. The front section of the updated guidance covers general issues such as definitions, the types of simulator and their appropriateness for training and competence assessment purposes. Extensive appendices look at Dive Control Simulators, DP Simulators; and Offshore Crane Simulators in addition to the updated section on ROV Simulators.
The guidance document can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website by members and non-members alike, and printed copies are available for £5:00 for members; and £10:00 for non-members from firstname.lastname@example.org and from IMCA at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.
Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its 1000+ member companies in over 60 countries is available from Booth S16 at OTC 2015, from www.imca-int.com and email@example.com. The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint
- IMCA is an international association with well over a thousand members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
- IMCA Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be “Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working.
- IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving and ROV codes of practice, DP documentation, marine good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as eCMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.
About the industry IMCA serves
The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA members employ some 350, 000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.