Also in the shipping industry, good training is the foundation for all success. Our colleagues from the "TRM Digital Training & Media" team at Marine Systems follow this idea. Under the leadership of Stephan Brass, they unite various competencies: Game developers, sound designers, submariners, 3D artists and project managers are among them. The goal? To take boat and ship training to a new level in an innovative and resource-saving way. How that works, they reveal to us in an interview.

What have you achieved as a team? 

"Our passion is holistic, intelligent and virtual training that is independent of the real ship or boat. Our customers are familiar with our digital products for above and below the water as ViSTIS® (Virtual Ship Training and Information System) (PDF, 2 MB), a part of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. To make it descriptive: We create a digital twin of a real boat or ship. This creates a super-realistic 3D simulation in which we then use computer-based training solutions and virtual and augmented reality to create the interactive training.

The advantages? For one thing, our training is holistic and equally target group-specific for each subsequent function on board. From basic to specialized knowledge, from individual training to team training. On the other hand, thanks to training in virtual reality, the crew is ready for action more quickly, critical maneuvers can be trained without risk to people and equipment and on-board operations are not disrupted by training sessions. In addition, time is saved: Since there are usually not enough ships and boats in the inventory, presence training takes significantly longer.”

How did you achieve this together?

"It all started in 2007 with one idea: We design training independently of boat and ship. Since then, we have distinguished ourselves by functioning as a team with flat hierarchies and appreciative leadership at all levels. At the same time, the technology we use from the games industry means that we are always keeping up to date with the latest developments. Unconventional ideas? Are at least being discussed - or implemented! The best example: the Flight Deck Officer Trainer, which combines technologies from the film industry (motion capturing) with virtual reality headsets to enable an immersive experience in the virtual world. We always work within the constraints of our customers and our company.

This has led to us winning an exciting major project: a complete training center with training program on a virtual submarine. Currently, the customer is approving our solution. There is only one other comparable project in the world - from the US Navy."

What does your performance mean for thyssenkrupp?

"Our solutions open up a completely new business field in the maritime sector. Whether all-in-one or individually configurable, the advantage is that training is possible without a boat or ship. And our target group, especially the young crew members, are enthusiastic: The training is more free, flexible and adapted to the individual, future function.

The digital transfer of expertise compressed and in virtual space: together we are shaping the future of training in the maritime sector - and this almost unrivaled."

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