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Virtual Training Solution for the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD)

Bringing real-time training experiences to build a strong workforce

Australian Government Department of Defence (through BAE Systems Australia)

Canberra, Australia



Project Details

  • KBR has developed a comprehensive virtual training solution for the two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships delivered to the Australian Navy in 2014. The LHDs are the largest ships ever to sail in the Australian Navy fleet and present a range of new challenges, including determining the best method for providing training that does not impact greatly on the ships’ operational availability.
  • KBR provided a comprehensive, real-time 3D virtual environment learning experience for:
    • Whole ship and joining ship familiarization training
    • High voltage awareness familiarization training
    • Damage control familiarization training
    • Marine engineering familiarization training for 14 ship-wide systems
    • A desktop part-task training capability
  • This training solution utilizes and builds upon the LHD Ship Walkthrough Computer Model (SWCM) previously delivered by KBR  and already accepted by the Australian Navy.
  • The system architecture includes integration with the client’s SCORM-compliant learning management system and supports future cost-effective development and expansion options.
  • The solution represents a “serious games” approach to single- and multi-training in a photo-realistic, immersive, real-time 3D environment. The LHD virtual ship training solution’s architecture utilizes Crytek’s CryEngine® 3 game engine.
  • The LHD virtual training solution is deployed in a dedicated classroom environment, but can also be deployed on-board the actual ship.

Project Highlights

  • Lower overall training and operating costs
  • Increased trainee safety
  • Improved on-board productivity of sailors
  • Enhanced training system availability, flexibility and portability
  • Support for individual and team-based training exercises
  • Technical accuracy through real-time rendering of the ship and components based on authorized data, including detailed engineering drawings
  • Enhanced ship operational availability
  • Almost unlimited potential expansion options, such as operational rehearsal training, load-master training, systems maintenance training, or even real-time links with external training simulators.
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