Delivering simulation solutions to remote communities
Dunham, R and Lloyd, J, Delivering simulation solutions to remote communities, Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Ship Manoeuvrability and Maritime Simulation, 8-11 September 2015, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, pp. 1-10. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]
Australia has always faced unique challenges in the delivery of high quality
maritime training in a country spread over a wide geographical area. Despite its immense
size, Australia has a relatively small population and a modest shipping industry. The national
Australian Maritime College has the primary responsibility for meeting the professional
development needs of the industry and is home to the nation’s leading simulation centre.
This paper explores the opportunities and challenges, in providing high quality education
and training in Australia, that responds to enhancements in the technological environment
in which seafarers are immersed. In particular it challenges the traditional view that
effective simulation can only be delivered in a high-cost high-value single location, often
situated many miles from the trainee’s home.
This paper examines the importance of simulation within a structured training program.
Following a brief consideration of good educational practice it then suggests how the
benefits accrued by high quality simulation can be transferred to remote communities. The
research conducted included a review of current practices and a literature review of
publications in this area.
The Australian Maritime College is developing a new capability that takes advantage of
Australia’s investment in the National Broadband Network (NBN). This will allow remote
communities the use of simulation in a way hitherto unachievable. The paper explains the
benefits of technology-based training in remote areas and examines some of the issues
raised in developing a new capability that reaches far away from the central hub of the
As well as explaining the technical and operational issues of the initiative, the paper explores
how the pedagogical integrity of the learning process is assured and how these simulations
will be used in the future.