Marine engineers and crew members can now train and learn about DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean ballast water management system with two digital offline tools.
Marine engineers and crew members can now train and learn about DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean ballast water management system with two digital offline tools. One is a computer-based training (CBT) program and the other is a mobile app.
While the e-learning tools were in development long before the Covid-19 pandemic, they come at a good time, says Mark Kalhøj Andersen, Technical Manager and Head of Projects and Engineering, DESMI Ocean Guard.
“It's a huge benefit to have these tools when we are in a situation where people can't meet,” Mark says. “We developed these as a way to reach out to all of our customers and also internally in the organization with a training tool that would enable us to distribute knowledge in a fast and efficient way. Our customers are located all around the world with limited access to internet, and it’s not possible to run everything online. So we need to be able to distribute offline services that can be operated by downloading the tools when you have internet and then operating them offline.”
The tools will help vessel owners to educate the crew about ballast water legislation. They also help marine engineers to understand the ballast water management system: what it is, how to operate it, and how to maintain and service it.
“These tools can – within one full day’s training – bring anyone who has to operate or maintain the system from 0% knowledge to 80%,” Mark Andersen says. “The last 20% is the hands-on part.”
The CBT tool has both a training course and a simulator. The interactive training course starts with a general description and gets more detailed as the user moves through sections on process and instrumentation, hardware and software, troubleshooting and maintenance.
The interactive features help users dive deep with detailed diagrams, pictures and pop-up descriptions of “what is this and why is it relevant for you?”
Users can click on different fields or markings in the diagrams. For instance, the program offers a lot of information on item numbers for spare parts, shown in all system sizes. Users can thus learn how the process and instrumentation diagrams can help in the future of operating their systems, as well as how the tool will help them to install and understand the entire product. By clicking through all the features, users will gain knowledge about how the system is put together on a detailed level of processes and instrumentation.
Likewise, the hardware section takes users all the way down to the smallest components and all the additional features. The software section runs users through the entire process of operating the system with the HMI, human-machine interface. “By executing this section, you will understand how to operate the BWMS,” Mark Kalhøj Andersen says.
The simulator section is an interactive tool that gives a three-dimensional visualization of the system. Users can click on different features, like operating the valves. “You can click on the HMI. You can learn to operate the system in a digital ‘hands-on’ way,” he says.
Additional chapters feature troubleshooting and maintenance. A test section gives users an indication of how well they have understood the system (a 70% result gives a test “pass”).
To get your free copy of the CBT tool, visit CompactClean CBT or send a request to DESMI’s BWMS support (ServiceDOG@desmi.com).
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