Approximately 80 delegates from China and other Asian countries attended the Kongsberg
Maritime (KM) Simulation User Conference 2008 in Asia. The event took place 11th
– 13th March at the Sofitel Plaza, Xiamen in China. Theme for the conference
this year was ‘Maximizing the use of simulators', and included presentations of
how the customers extend the use of simulators e.g. for assessment, in integration
and even for R&D when expanding the Panama Canal!
Kongsberg Maritime's agent, Hoi Tung Communication & Navigation co-hosted the
Asia UC2008 together with Jimei University, which is a modern institute, possessing
among other a huge Kongsberg Maritime 360° Full Mission Ship's Bridge Simulator.
Mark Treen, KM Simulation's Sales and Marketing Manager, opened the conference and
was followed by the Chairman of Hoi Tung, Jiao Tianyue and the President of Jimei
University, Gu JianDe, who both expressed the honour of co-hosting the KM's User
During the three day conference customers and partners shared experiences of
how they maximize their use of simulators. Technical Manager, Eldred Apolinar, presented
experiences from Mastech, a KM Service Center, while Capt. Krishnan Gopala, Manager
at Singapore Maritime Academy, shared experiences with targeted training towards
specific market segments and focused on the Simulators as a powerful tool, when
used correctly. Capt. Reynold Sabay, CEO at the New Simulator Center of the Philippines,
took the simulators beyond training limits by showing how they can be used for objective
assessment of competence without human invention. Also Dandy Galang from MAAP held
an interesting speech about integrated ship simulators for full crew training while
Capt. Rogelio Altafulla, from the SIDMAR Centre, Panama Canal Authority presented
how they used the KM Simulator technology when they expanded the canal to find the
best possible flow directions and velocity.
Kongsberg Maritime gave an overview of how KM is meeting the challenge to support
the company's increasing number of users in Asia/Oceania by offering a broader range
of products and improvement of the sales and support channels through network partners
and KM offices.
KM Simulation has recently extended its product portfolio with both Crane Simulators
and Offshore Simulators such as Anchor Handling and Dynamic Positioning. Also, key
recent product innovations were presented to the delegates by the different Product
Petter Buskland, Manager of Customer Support, gave an update on service innovation
and experiences from cost-effective on-line trouble shooting. As E-learning has
more and more become an actual educational tool for training institutes, KM Product
Advisor, Serge Côte presented web-enabled simulator training.
The conference also featured a one-day visit to the impressive Jimei University.
The President Gu JianDe gave the delegates a warm welcome before they all went for
a guided tour at the University's premises. This tour included of course a visit
to the new simulation centre, possessing the 360° Full Mission Ship's Bridge Simulator
delivered by Kongsberg Maritime earlier this year. Garland Hardy, President and
Simulator Expert from Lantec, Canada demonstrated for the delegates how to use the
simulator and took the attendees on a simulator-trip to the Xiamen-harbour before
they left for different workshops.
Mark Treen rounded off the conference with a summing up of the fascinating days
where the delegates had shared how they maximize the use of simulators. KM had presented
new training opportunities with offshore, crane and web enabled simulation and given
an update on new features and development as well as an update on the KM Customer
Support concept. He told how Kongsberg Maritime will continue to maximize the company's
synergies between the real on-board equipment and the simulated and further maximize
the company's depth of knowledge with people and experience and added that the company
is committed to delivering cutting edge technology and enabling continuous innovation
to allow users to the educational usage of Kongsberg Maritime simulators!