Settings / Simulator (Only SEAiq Pilot)
The simulator allows you to simulate operation of a vessel anywhere in the world. This can be a good way to try out SEAiq and see how various maneuvers can be displayed. Please note this simulator is not intended to emulate "real-world" conditions.
When the simulator is enabled, you can use sliders to control the vessel's speed in water (STW), bow and stern motions. A pause button can be used to stop the vessels motion until pressed again.
The following methods for moving the simulated vessel are supported:
- Select the center of the vessel and drag/drop to move it.
- Select the center of the vessel and rotate it. If you are using a mouse with scroll-wheel or some trackpads, you can also use scrolling gestures to rotate.
- You can move the vessel to a new location by selecting the vessel, then dragging.
- Double tap a new location and select Move Simulator Here.
- You can re-orient by (1) selecting the bow or stern of Own-Ship and (2) dragging it.
You can move the simulator to the same position, HDG, and ROT as any AIS target or Own-Ship. Select the desired vessel, double-tap to get full details, and choose Copy to Simulator (all the way on the bottom). After this, the simulated Own-Ship will follow its own course.
A current can be simulated using the Drift settings. Finally, an advanced setting, Disable ROT Sensor, can be turned ON to cause SEAiq to simulate its behavior as though Own-Ship does not have a rate-of-turn sensor.
The simulator does not support Settings / Own-Ship / Heading Offset.
- Enable: Turns on the simulator. This overrides all other settings (eg, Virtual Boarding). The position is the last position the simulated vessel was placed at. You can move it onto the screen by double tapping and selecting Move Own-Ship to Here.
- Record Simulations: (Only SEAiq Pilot) When enabled, recordings are made of the simulation, which may then be played back. Note that this requires that the simulator and NMEA recordings must be enabled for this to have an effect. The simulator is shown as if it were an AIS target. You can use Virtual Boarding to board the vessel if you want it to be treated as Own-Ship. Similarly, to use Settings / Record & Playback / Manage Recordings / Convert functions, use Virtual Board first during playback so that the ship will be treated as Own-Ship.
- Disable ROT Sensor: This can be used to simulate situations where Own-Ship lacks a rate-of-turn (ROT) sensor. This can be useful to better understand how SEAiq behaves when ROT sensor data is impaired, which unfortunately is a common occurrence with AIS pilot plugs.