Simulator training environment

hiCRANE Offshore simulators provide high quality 3D visualization of a synthesized virtual offshore platform environment. In the full-scale simulators, the crane operator is seated in a cabin fully surrounded by an interactive world, which can be easily populated and configured by the instructor. He has full flexibility to generate exercises resembling real world working conditions. The combination of visual information, physical movements and audio, results in a very realistic simulation of the actual working environment. Moreover, the ability to log, replay, report and analyse simulation runs, helps the instructor to execute the training in the most efficient manner. The simulator can be suited to every customer’s needs. We will make your optimal hiCRANE Port simulator thanks to our wide range of flexible components.

Cost saving opportunity

Purchasing a customized hiCRANE Offshore simulator will let you conduct training sessions on your own facilities, using your own procedures, without impacting on equipment downtime for training. Unlike conventional training, our simulators let you repeat training scenarios as many times as needed. Your crane operators will gain and improve the basic and advanced skill sets they will need to be safe, reliable and productive on the job. A safer working environment will be created for everyone at the worksite. Our simulator helps to establish more safety oriented practices. It gives you the opportunity to implement one training practice and a certification framework, which help to reduce errors, damage and accidents. Consequently, it decreases the number of On-the-Job Training days needed. By lowering the risk, you have less production stops and you can reduce the insurance costs of your operation. Overall, hiCRANE offers potential to realize significant operational cost savings.

Key simulation features:

  • Multiple offshore installations
  • Cranes (maximum 1 active, others can follow a specific behavior): framework crane, box boom crane, subsea knuckle boom crane
  • Multiple cargo types (maximum 60 active)
  • Flagman station
  • Multiple supply vessels (maximum 2 active)
  • ROVs
  • Adjustable conditions: wind direction and intensity, rain, fog, mist, snow, wave height, surface and subsea currents (subsea current only applicable for subsea knuckle boom cranes), rig heeling, shadows (from active cargo or lifting gear), people, objects and equipment
  • Cabin camera, camera surveillance
  • Control system equipment
  • Trainee and instructor cabins
  • ROVs (maximum 2 active) only applicable for subsea knuckle boom cranes

Our hiCRANE simulators offer a unique level of realism with standard or customized solutions, a wide variety of hardware options, a modular system, fixed and mobile versions, high scenario flexibility and a user-friendly interface.

Examples of installation visualisation:

  • Gullfaks: Fixed production platform
  • Heidrun: Floating/tension leg production platform
  • Åsgard A: Floating production vessel (FPSO)

Parts of the installation that are relevant to the simulated crane or cargo (landing areas and structures within radius) will display properties of solid bodies with regards to collision response and friction. Irrelevant parts, i.e. parts that are not needed for the crane simulation will be simplified and may not display proper physical traits.

Some clients using hiCRANE Offshore

  • STC, Holland
  • Hull University, UK
  • Sonangol, Angola
  • CNOOC, China
  • Rowan, USA
  • Rogaland Kranskole, Norway

Offshore SIM Cabin view

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Movement in sea

The installation will react to significant wave height and current in accordance with a model based on predetermined dataset. The motion will be continuously calculated in 6 degrees of freedom.

The wave model behaviour is based on data captured from Åsgard  FPSO installations and adapted and applied for the other installations.


The instructor can activate a rig heeling function for FPSO/semi sub. This may cause the rig to heel when heavy cargo is lifted over the sea (applicable to very heavy loads done by subsea cranes; little or no effect may be experienced with normal offshore crane load range). The instructor can reset the heeling which in real life would be to compensate with the ballast tanks.

The heeling effect is simplified and present only in order for the crane operator to notice that the rig is listing when a very heavy cargo is moved outside of the platform; hence it may deviate from actual real life heeling behaviour.

Improve your offshore lifting and cargo handling safety and efficiency with Oiltec Solutions hiCRANE Offshore simulator.

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