Simulating maritime solutions

La Trobe University has partnered with Pivot Maritime International to create a world-class maritime simulator

La Trobe University has partnered with Pivot Maritime International to create a world-class maritime simulator that enables our researchers, students and industry partners to investigate solutions to problems facing the maritime industry.

The Maritime Simulation Laboratory, based at our Bundoora campus, is equipped with 360-degree, high quality maritime simulators that feature industry-standard equipment and simulation sensors.

The virtual environment is designed for specialist training, research and development, feasibility studies and operational assessment in the maritime sector.

“The facility has enhanced our maritime research capabilities, and generated further collaborations with industry and academia,” says Dr Torab Torabi, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Researchers and higher degree by research candidates are investigating a range of problems facing the maritime industry, including automated ship navigation, maritime training and on-deck navigation support.

“We study ship movement risk management and analysis; accident prediction and avoidance; improving 3D graphics for realistic simulation; and optimised vessel traffic management,” says Dr Torabi.

The Maritime Simulation Lab has also provided opportunities for student learning in an industry setting, enhancing graduate job opportunities. “Hundreds of undergraduate students have worked on year-long maritime development projects in collaboration with Pivot Maritime International,” says Dr Torabi.

"Pivot Maritime International is the only maritime simulation manufacturer in Australia and only one of six in the world,” says Dr Jeffrey Hawkins, Managing Director of Pivot Maritime International.

“The research and student industry projects we conduct with La Trobe gives a unique experience to students on cutting edge maritime simulation technology. We focus on solving real-world problems and outcomes that can be directly applied to industry.”

“Our university-industry partnership is a shining example of what can be achieved by working together, and the research opportunities in a high growth industry are enormous,” adds Dr Hawkins.

“Pivot Maritime International is extremely grateful to La Trobe for their inspiration and vision in working with industry partners like us. This ensures students get the best outcomes to prepare them for whatever lies ahead."

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