Top Defence Capability Leaders 2019
Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc.

© 2019 FrontLine (Vol 16, No 2)

Based out of Nova Scotia, Bluedrop Training & Simulation has been at the forefront of the training community in recent years. Constant evolution is necessary to engage new generations with training that is immersive, interactive and always accessible, and this has led Bluedrop to capitalize on some of the best new technologies from the gaming industry, mobile industry and now Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Bluedrop designs and develops advanced training solutions including highly interactive courseware, state-of-the-art virtual reality and augmented reality (VR&AR) training and simulation products. In one example of its dedication to continuous advancement, the company created a disruptive, new generation of training simulators dedicated for rear crew mission training for the maritime sector. A major achievement, this new type of device will not only increase rear crew proficiency but will ultimately reduce operation cost and provide a safer training environment.

As a Small Medium Enterprise (SME), Bluedrop has become the partner of choice, for many large OEMs, by bringing capabilities in R&D, innovative solutions development, and execution excellence. As a SME, Bluedrop can take full advantage of Canada’s Defence Procurement Strategy as well as the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

With its capacity in training & simulation as well as in-service support, Bluedrop considers itself a main contributor to enhance Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities. It has also successfully positioned itself as a center of excellence for training and simulation in the Atlantic region, and has created many high quality and high-tech jobs in the process. The company has been recognized as a key player in innovation in the region, receiving for instance, the Silver Award for Innovative Business of the Year from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.  

Although training methodologies are typically very structured in the defence and aerospace domains, Bluedrop believes it is extremely important to adopt disruptive technologies to ensure that training remains interesting and motivating, while keeping in mind that proficiency and operational competencies are key to maintaining high levels of operational readiness that are required of these sectors.

Bluedrop is executing a Strategic Innovation Funding (SIF) project from Industry Canada that will provide stable funding for innovation for the next five years. This initiative will enable Bluedrop to use big data analytics to provide real time, objective feedback to trainees based on data – and will revolutionize how trainees are assessed and how training can be continuously improved.

Through virtual reality, data analytics technologies and latest Learning Management System, Bluedrop continues to assist the armed forces in its digital transformation initiatives and enhance effectiveness in training.

Successes, like those mentioned above, allow Bluedrop to continue to expand and grow its team in Canada. In 2019, Bluedrop will be moving its simulation department to a new production facility in Halifax. This will allow more space for multiple or larger simulation units to be built faster and more efficiently.

The recent contract win for its Hoist Mission Training Systems (HMTS) indicates Bluedrop is also making headway in the U.S. Defence market. A similar system, the CH-148 HMTS, is already in operation at 12 Wing Shearwater. This state-of-the-art virtual reality hoist trainer is testament to Bluedrop’s innovation capabilities bringing together structured training, gaming and virtual reality technologies. 

Contact Info

300 - 36 Solutions Drive, Halifax NS, B3S 1N2
Contact: Jean-Claude Siew, VP Business Development, Technology & Simulation
Tel: +1-902-454-1737