Modeling and Research
STAR Center's Modeling & Research department develops computer generated geographic databases, target objects, and hydrodynamic ship models for real-time simulation training and research for our 360° and 270° full mission bridge simulators.
Initiating M&R Procedures
The initial contact point(s) for coordinating and scheduling a simulation based research project is as follows:
Head, Modeling & Research
Tel: +(954) 921 7254
Fax: +(954) 920 4268
Prospective clients should be prepared to provide information that will enable STAR Center to determine the exact requirements (goals or purpose) of the project. STAR Center maintains an extensive library of databases (geographic areas) available to the client.
- Click here to see our list of U.S Geographic Databases
- Click here to see our list of International Geographic Databases
- Click here to see our list of Hydrodynamic Models
If no geographic database exists in our library we can, upon request, construct a database using plans or drawings of any area or port. These drawings / plans can be hard copy or AutoCAD®. Many databases require a "site visit" by a STAR Center representative to gather information, meet with local authorities or pilots, and photograph the area to enable developers to replicate visual effects of the area.
Many database developments require a site visit by a STAR Center representative to gather information, meet with local authorities or pilots, photograph the area and ride on vessels to insure a full understanding of the port's operations.
Consultation with a STAR Center representative can facilitate selection of an appropriate vessel for use in simulations. Hydrodynamic models of various types (tanker, LNG, containers, cruise ships, bulk carriers, etc.) are available in STAR Center's existing inventory. However, if a specific type of ship response model is required, we have a hydrodynamicist on staff and we will be pleased to discuss developing a model for your needs.
Use of these models (geographic and hydrodynamic) enables us to examine new port designs, pier or channel modifications, suitability of design for a particular vessel or vessel types that use, or may use, these facilities. At the conclusion of a research project, we will issue a written report that details the results of the study, discusses their results and implications, and may offer solutions or suggestions for any problems encountered.