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Dr Philip Thompson Director of Simulation & Training Services at BMT


Since joining BMT in 1992, Phil has held various managerial and executive appointments within BMT’s global management consultancy. He currently leads the Simulation and Training Services business at BMT.

His extensive work in e-Navigation, Traffic Simulation, Digital Twinning and Digital Reconstruction Forensics has led to the world’s leading ship operators and statutory marine accident investigation bodies to adopt BMT navigation simulators for port planning and navigation training. Users include Shell, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and counterparts in the U.K., Australia and the Netherlands.  Phil is also currently leading a number of joint industry developments in Autonomous Surface Vessels, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Machine Vision Capabilities and the impacts on Future Port Design.

Phil has held several Directorships with the Transport, Offshore and Marine Surveys divisions at BMT. Prior to joining BMT, he worked in underwater acoustics at BAE Systems and as a Professor at the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech, U.S.A.

He has received a Civil and Structural Engineering doctorate from Newcastle University and an MBA from Durham University. Phil is registered as a Chartered Director with the UK’s Institute of Directors.

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