The new era of maritime training


Building a cloud based ecosystem for maritime simulation training

To harness Kongsberg’s legacy and experience in simulation training, Kongsberg Digital asked EGGS to help them define the new standard for ‘anytime, anywhere’ training. We worked on the design and strategy for every aspect of the digital environment. From the online portal for students and instructors, to the suite of skeuomorphic instrumentation, this ecosystem provides a one-stop shop for world class cloud-based maritime simulation training.

Holistic overview

One of the main goals of these new applications and tools was to provide instructors and institutions with a better way to define, run and assess maritime students in a variety of complex situations. To meet these needs, it was crucial to understand not only the learning objectives of the students but also the perspectives of instructors, configurators, universities and regulators around the world.

Through close collaboration, research and the iterative nature of the design process, we gained an in-depth understanding of the users and stakeholder needs, devices and contexts. This allowed us to create an inclusive and responsive experience for all the users.

Design representing the real world

One of the main learning objectives was to help students gain a familiarity with real world hardware in a digital context. To help students identify key pieces of hardware, we created a skeuomorphic design system (digital derivatives of an object’s real world counterparts) to more accurately represent real world hardware with a new streamlined look and feel. The system has a broad variety of 2D and 3D components which allow us to design skeuomorphic instruments as well as full applications with one visual language.

The Skeomorphic design style helps users to gain an understanding of the real world hardware that they are learning to use. The system also allows us to build new instruments based on an expanding database of skeomorphic components such as dials, buttons and gauges.

As well as this, due to the broad range of potential use cases and screen sizes, all aspects of the system had to be tested and developed on a range of devices, displays and resolutions. Every instrument was designed to be use in seven different sizes and formats, within multiple applications and contexts. The applications are built upon the same rules and principles from the design system, as the instrumentation.

To truly understand and develop a functioning eco-system with a consistent experience, tight collaboration and communication with the experts and teams from Kongsberg was key. Developers provided key information on feasibility, Product and Innovation teams provided information on objectives, regulations and functionality which allowed us to break down and understand every aspect of the system we were creating.

A predictable, flexible and reliable experience

This project is a great example of how making design a core part of the product development process, enables you to develop and test concepts, challenge convention and create real impact, while keeping the user in focus. By understanding business objectives, user pain-points and needs, industry regulations and keeping a holistic eye on the full ecosystem, we could create a clear structure and hierarchy for the multiple levels of this experience. The result is a predictable, flexible and reliable online learning environment for the users and stakeholders operating within the K-sim ecosystem. Moving forwards, their feedback and input will help us to further streamline and develop the eco-system, for years to come.


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Paal Holter

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