4 December 2008
Inauguration of simulator and unveiling of the 1250th production meter at IHC Systems
Impression showing the outside view of the new TSHD simulator, the ‘Pieter Caland’
The inauguration of the new simulator took place at IHC Systems on 4 December last. The simulator will be known as the 'Pieter Caland', after the civil engineer who designed the plan for the New Waterway in the 19th century. It was inaugurated by Mr Bram Roelse, a member of the board of IHC Merwede also member of the supervisory board of IHC Systems. At the same time, Mr Jan Pieter Koert, the General Manager of IHC Engineering Services, unveiled the 1250th production meter built by IHC Systems. The ceremony was attended by Mr Martin Boevée, the mayor of Sliedrecht.
Inauguration of the TSHD simulator
This is the first simulator ever built with an outside view simulating both sailing and dredging with a trailing suction hopper dredger.IHC Systems has been building simulators for the dredging market since 2002. The first version was built for the Belgian company, Jan De Nul, but it wasn't equipped with an outside view. A lot of cutter suction dredgers were built in the years after that. During that period, IHC Systems developed simulators for those vessels for the two large Belgian contractors, DEME and Jan De Nul.IHC Systems develops the simulators on a group-wide basis. The shipyard IHC Dredgers, the research institute MTI Holland and the Training Institute for the Dredging industry TID, which are all part of the IHC Merwede group, are involved. |
IHC Systems celebrates 1250th production meter
The IHC Systems production meter has already been in use in the dredging industry for more than 40 years. It is an indispensable tool for efficient process control on board cutter suction dredgers and TSHDs and it can be supplied in a range of wear-resistant liners. The production meters conform to all current industry standards and are supplied with the required certificates.
New developments in the area of sensors means that operational life can, in many cases, be much longer than in the past.
IHC Systems is the automation unit at IHC Merwede and the leader in its market. The corporate mission of being Dedicated to Efficient Dredging is a total concept for devising, developing, designing and producing advanced process control and automation equipment that helps contractors to make the best possible use of their investments. Efficient Dredging systems prevent over-dredging, make smart process control possible and enhance dredger production. Recent successful examples are the one-man bridge and the pump regulator – based on artificial intelligence – for pumping sand across large distances. Mr Joti Hakkert, director of IHC Systems: “IHC Systems has again demonstrated that it has strong roots in proven technology but that it is, at the same time, able to use the very latest technology for the benefit of the dredging world.”
The IHC Systems order portfolio looks healthy, and we still need new recruits. You can find more information about job openings at IHC Systems on www.ihcjobs.nl
IHC Merwede Profile
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.IHC Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. There are also branches in China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
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IHC Systems simulators are used to train dredger masters/skippers, saving costly production time and giving operators the opportunity to acquire experience quickly. The simulators are built up around a control console and computerised physical models. A single simulator can stimulate several vessels. The trainee comes into contact with the instruments, noises and vibrations that they will encounter on the real ship. Virtual dredging results in a considerable acceleration in the training process and "accidents" don't inflict any damage. The outside view is also controlled by the physical models and projected onto a 150-degree screen. It provides a detailed presentation of the ship from every point of view, both above and under the water. The trainer can adjust the landscape and climate conditions, the sea state and other variables in order to adapt the session to the requirements of a candidate or even to program a specific dredging job. A unique feature is the realistic presentation of the breaching, loaded, dumped or pumped material.