GALVESTON, TX — Computer-enhanced, environmental crisis management simulation training is now available to the marine and petrochemical industries at TEEX’s Center for Marine Training and Safety in Galveston.
The Center’s enhanced computer simulation abilities allow industry personnel to conveniently and cost-effectively conduct realistic environmental crisis management scenarios, according to center director Keith Palmer. The new system includes exercise development capabilities along with simulation modeling. It also incorporates resource tracking and cost accounting, as well as damage assessment models.
Databases linked to simulation exercises include geographic, response asset and personnel data, biologic and socioeconomic sensitivity data, as well as equipment and HAZMAT data.
A wide array of scientific modeling capabilities are also embedded within the new environmental crisis management simulator, such as oil spill fate and trajectory, spill countermeasure modeling, environmental and economic damage assessment and response asset tracking capabilities.
This new training capability has dedicated instructor and trainee work stations and allows for scenario preparation, oversight and exercise debriefing utilities, Palmer said. Features of the scenario preparation area of the new simulator include spill model parameters, weather conditions, exercise controllers, asset definition/determination, as well as providing for staging areas and event/action lists.
The Center, which is also equipped with a full-mission shiphandling simulator and a state-of-the-art Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), presently offers over 20 U.S. Coast Guard-approved courses in addition to an exhaustive array of mariner, offshore and spill response training for marine petrochemical transportation industry professionals.
The Center for Marine Training and Safety, a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and a member of The Texas A&M University System, is located at 8701 Teichman Road, Galveston, TX 77554.