DP Position Reference Systems

DP Position Reference Systems - 336 KB


To provide training in the operation of position reference systems and vessel sensors commonly used by Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems. The training will be a combination of theoretical lessons and practical exercises.

During the course each participant will have access to work stations and live equipment.

Systems available include GNSS, Cyscan®, Radius® and Fanbeam®.

Participants will receive instruction on the theory of operation, practical use, limitations and operational issuesconnected with each system.


DP Operators looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of the operation and maintenance of the position reference systems on their vessel.


  • Revision of DP principles.
  • General information of the different types of DGNSS systems and how to configure and operate the systems.
  • The External system interface for receiving differential and ionosphere corrections is explained and participants will perform exercises both on simulators and live equipment.
  • Basic background knowledge about Hydro Acoustic Position Reference (HPR) principles and how to operate the APOS ® interface. This will include configuration of transponders/transducers.
  • Basic knowledge of laser reference principles and operational limitations in their use. They will perform simulated exercises on Cyscan® and Fanbeam® equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of microwave reference principles and operational limitations in their use. They will perform simulated exercises on RADius®.
  • Basic knowledge of vessel/environment sensor principles, how they are interfaced and operational limitations when used with DP.
  • Outline information on other Position reference systems used in DP operations.
  • Review of rules, regulations and guidelines with regard to reference/vessel sensors.
  • Principles of Position reference and sensor handling in DP systems.
  • Practical exercises.

Course Pre-requisites

Ideally participants will hold a Nautical Institute DP certificate or be working towards certification.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This unit requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, operating manuals, procedures, and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms, logs and reports. The course is delivered in English.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

There is no formal assessment carried out at the completion of the course. 100% attendance and participation in the course is required. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training on completion of the course.

Course Duration

4 days.

  • Day 1 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 2 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 4 8:30am to 12:00 Noon

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go
to our Training Management Portal.

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 6 participants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at www.farstadsimulation-tms.com or on request from Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre staff.