This paper presents the development of a motion simulator for a moored FPSO, which includes numerical prediction of the FPSO motions in wind, waves and current. It also presents the resulting mooring line tension, 3-dimensional visualization of the FPSO motion, and summary analysis of the resulting motion parameters. The FPSO motion in waves was simulated using an in-house seakeeping code, MOTSIM. A spread mooring line routine, based on catenary theory, was developed and added to MOTSIM to calculate the restoring force of each mooring line. The visualizer (or animator) was developed in-house from open source software, including Ogre, Hydrax and Skyx. It can playback a 3-dimensional view of the simulation (above and below water). The user can view the results in a movie-like format, and change viewing position during the play-back. The user can also run a new simulation from the animator by inputting the required parameters.
The program for analyzing the time dependent responses generated by MOTSIM was developed as a stand-alone program using MATLAB. The analyzer can conduct statistical analysis of time-domain response signals.
A heading control system and a DP control system were also developed in the simulator and can be activated to help control the FPSO motion if required.
A validation of the ship motion prediction and mooring tension was conducted against model experiments using 100-year return period environments with different combinations of wave, wind and current directions.
The simulator was developed as a forecasting tool to help operators predict platform performance based of forecast weather conditions.