Virtual Engine Room 6 (VER6) is a PC-based full mission engine room simulator which includes two main engine models: a conventional, camshaft controlled low speed diesel and an electronically controlled version of this engine.
The main educational tasks, which can be accomplished with VER6 are listed below:
- Learning typical ship’s engine room operating routines with the support of the integrated checklists.
- Ship’s engine room operation training. The user will be able to accomplish any operational task starting from pre-prepared or previously saved exercises.
- Training in corrective action when faults occur. Different faults can be mixed in the run-time or loaded from disk.
- Standardised and automated assessment divided into 14 STCW compatible tests. These tests provide an independent and fully objective trainee evaluation.
VER6 includes actually two separate main engine models and each of them has been implemented in the separate simulation program:
- VER6_CC simulates the low speed diesel engine with a camshaft control. This program is an extended and improved version of the successful VER 4.8 software. VIT system and the exhaust gas analyzer has been implemented as well.
Here is a list of VER6 main features:
- VER6 is a highly realistic simulator with virtual controls for ship’s engine room training which can also be used as a low cost introductory simulator.
- Mimic diagrams with active valves, pump status indicators, tank level indicators and selected digital gauges make the system easy to use.
- Multichannel digitised sound provides a very realistic ship’s engine feel.
- Synthesized speech emulates the chief engineers advices.
- The Computer Aided Assessment (CAA) is fully integrated with the simulator. It includes 3 generic and 14 STCW compatible tests. The Test Editor is included, so it is possible to create new, custom tests and to edit the existing tests.
- Possibility of the exercise recording and replay with a different speed.
- Integrated checklists with a synthetized voice instruction.
VER6 simulator model includes the following systems:
- Main engine (2 stroke, low speed, 7 cylinders, fixed pitch propeller).
- Two complete main engine models: a conventional with a camshaft and electronically controlled.
- Main engine remote control system (manual from CR, automated from the bridge and the emergency control at the engine side).
- Fuel system (MDO, HFO and Low Sulphur Fuel, including storage system and separators).
- Lubricating system (LO circulation and separator, LO storage and stern tube lubricating).
- Cooling system (sea water and fresh water central cooling).
- Compressed air system.
- Sewage treatment plant.
- Sludge and garbage incinerator.
- Steam system (auxiliary boiler, waste heat recovery, superheated steam, consumers).
- Power plant (2 diesel generators, 1 shaft generator, 1 turbo generator and 1 emergency diesel generator, multiple power consumers with separate circuits and bow thruster).
- Bilge system with oily water separator.
- Ballast system.
- Steering gear.
- Refrigerating system.
- Domestic water system.
- Air conditioning system.
- Simplified own ship model with ship speed modelling.
- Engine room ventilation system.
- Inert gas system.
- Turbo pump.
- Engine room ventilation system.
- Water mist firefighting system.
- CO2 firefighting system.
- PID controllers.
Other examples of VER6 features are shown below:
The green Checklist window shows instructions relevant to the selected checklist.
The appropriate system window will always open when a new checklist step is shown in the checklist window.
The control lamp, switch or gauge specified in the checklist step “blinks” in order to make it easier to identify.
The Test Editor enables to create the new custom tests and to edit the existing tests.
It is possible to edit both: the parameter test conditions (limit value plus the logic condition) and the state test conditions (required status). It is possible to assign the penalty points for every test condition.