Projectiondesign Ships a Big Install

Rugged, reliable and realistic, with low total cost of ownership; these were the projector requirements and deliverables of the huge projectiondesign upgrade of the two simulation bridges at the Marine Training Centre in Singapore.

Swire Marine Training Centre in Singapore, operated by Swire Pacific Offshore, is the first facility of its kind in Asia. Swire’s Marine Training Centre has the ability to fully simulate the working environment of an offshore support vessel providing training in bridge management, anchor handling, dynamic positioning, and engine-room operations.

Upgrading with in total 24 units of projectiondesign F82 sx+ DLP®projectors and WB1920 warp and blend processors, two simulation bridges now reap the benefits of a more stable light output and an easier maintainable system over time – and that at a much lower cost of ownership than the previous installation. The F82 is PD’s flagship big-gun projector with brightness up to 10,000 ansi-lumens and display capabilities ranging from SXGA+ up to WUXGA.

Project manager Mark Randall, a ship’s Captain by profession who has worked at the Marine Training Centre since it opened, explains the need for an upgrade: “As our fleet of vessels has expanded, so the need for additional training has increased, and we felt it was necessary to replace the original projection system which could no longer provide acceptable display performance or reliability.”

“The brief was to source a projection system that would as far as possible be a drop-in replacement for the original system, be highly reliable, maintain an acceptable light output for better than 10,000 hours, and preferably be a 3-chip, dual lamp design. We also wanted low cost of ownership, which was to be a function of reliability, lamp running hours, lamp cost, minimum fixed service intervals and the ability to train in-house staff to provide on-site, real-time support.”

The first bridge; a 360-degree fielded display system was upgraded by 12 projectors, with a further four providing a lower row of visualization, measuring 125 degrees horizontal and 70-plus degrees vertical. The second bridge; comprises eight projectors in a four-plus-four setup, effectively duplicating the “aft” (rear) view of the 360-degree bridge. The projectiondesign WB1920 warp and blend processors provide edge-blending and image-warping to ensure an absolute seamless display in both locations.

The upgrade was a huge success. Mark Randall concludes: “After some 700-plus hours’ use, the projectors have been perfect and the system’s performance has been virtually flawless. I spent three years with the original projection system and this solution is a huge improvement.”

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