The basis of the scenario generator is a network of computer stations that are used to control various units in an offshore scenario. The master station(s) control the scenario while the others control their designated marine or aerial unit. The scenarios are normally based on emergencies involving offshore oil installations and attended by a variety of surface and air units, however the scenario generator can quite easily accommodate almost any configuration of surface or aerial units and the scenarios can reflect the type of units involved. All scenarios are conducted in real time and in geographically correct locations.
Scenarios depicting actual oilfield complexes can be programmed in minutes by the owner/operator therefore there are no additional operating costs. The stations are linked by various virtual communications systems including multi channel VHF and MF with basic GMDSS functions. If required virtual talkbacks can also be incorporated to allow for internal unit communications. Depending on their function stations can have full anti collision radar, basic relative radar displays or no radar.
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The scenario generator was initially conceived as a method of supplying command and control training to the Offshore Oil and Gas Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels and to this end is currently used in the OPITO approved Command and Control Course for ERRV Masters and Mates.
These include (but are not limited to):
Training for rescue craft coxswains and crew
Command and Control (marine emergency and abandonment) training for OIMs/Deputy OIMs and shore based authorities
Demonstration and training in the use of marine guard zone systems
Training of TEMPSC coxswains
Training of Custom and Excise personnel in marine surveillance and interception
Assessment of performance of emergency response and rescue vessels and recovery systems
Training and evaluation of company ERC personnel
Training of military and special operations personnel in marine surveillance and interception techniques
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