Diamond Offshore Purchases Ballast Control Simulator

Offshore drilling contractor Diamond Offshore has purchased a full motion Ballast Control Simulator from Fidelity Flight Simulation. The replication of the ballast control room and the design of the simulator will allow Diamond Offshore to provide ballast control operations, stability, and emergency procedures training for almost all four-hull semisubmersible, two-hull semisubmersible, and jackup oil rigs in its fleet.

The simulator will be mounted on Fidelity's six degree-of-freedom motion base. "Fidelity is able to simulate the cues the Ballast Control Operators will sense to allow them to prevent unstable rig operations and react quickly and effectively in emergency conditions," according to Mark Limbach, Director of Business Development for Fidelity Flight Simulation. "Historical data clearly shows an unstable working platform in an actual or simulated emergency scenario has an impact on decision-making. We want to provide as realistic of a simulation as possible to protect the rigs and enhance safety."

Mr. Limbach claims Fidelity's commitment to Instructional System Design was a big factor in the award." We'll work with the Diamond Offshore Training and Development team to create the scenarios most effective in teaching safe rig operation. The objective is to provide a simulator that meets all of Diamond Offshore's training requirements, rather than have them tailor their training curriculum to the capability of the sim."

"We have built a solid business in the aviation industry, but this contract is especially important to us because it allows us to show that our simulation capabilities are not restricted to aviation," added Graham Hodgetts, President of Fidelity.

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