Southampton Solent University to build £4m maritime simulator

(publictechnology.net)

Ship Handling Simulator
A bridge simulator being used by a member of the Royal Navy at HM Naval Base Clyde Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

Institution seeks supplier to develop and roll out technology for training naval officers

Southampton Solent University is looking to appoint a supplier to design and install a new “maritime simulator suite” in a project worth more than £4m.

The university has issued a contract notice seeking a contractor who can help design and then build the simulator technology, which will subsequently be implemented during “the refurbishment of an existing university facility”. The new-look facility is intended to incorporate a number of different simulators, including machines to train students in environments replicating a ship’s bridge and its engine room. 

The contract will also cover the provision of classroom and office space, as well as ongoing support and maintenance over a five-year period. The deal’s likely worth is estimated at between £4.1m and £4.7m.

Potential suppliers have until 10 April to submit their bids, with work slated to begin on 7 May. The design and build phases are scheduled to take about nine months.

Southampton Solent University’s existing facilities include bridge simulators that feature a 270-degree view and replications of equipment including rudders and thrusters. The consoles come loaded with a wide range of ship configurations and geographical databases.

The simulators, which also contain radar technology and an electronic chart display and information system, are located at the Warsash Maritime Academy, which is part of the university.

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