Debrief sessions are enhanced by exercise playback using an LCD projection system in a specialised debriefing room. Debrief playback can also be effected using the visual displays on the bridges. This is particularly useful for restricted waters manoeuvring, tug handling operations or for accident investigation research.
An authentic and comprehensive library of ship types is available for use from small support craft to very large tankers. Such models respond realistically to the marine environment including pitch, roll and heave. During confined waters navigation ships experience squat, bank and bottom effect and are also affected by wind and current.
The Centre also has the software tools enabling particular ship models to be built client requirements from supplied data. To support and maintain the viewed environment visual database construction and editing software is used. This allows Lairdside Maritime Centre staff to build, modify, and adjust visual features, keeping databases up to date.
Proposed features such as new quayside berths and other marine civil engineering projects can be modelled allowing berthing operations and environmental effects be tested and confirmed feasible prior to completion.
ECDIS and specialist software training is undertaken in a custom-built Computer Training Suite. A GMDSS Suite complements the facility offering Communications training at all levels.