Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


John J. Ramirez-Avila

Committee Member

Thomas Lynn

Committee Member

Seamus Freyne

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


1980's. A virtual harbor containing validated numerical currents, bathymetric data, and realistic vessel response allows pilots with local knowledge to test channel modifications in a no-risk environment. Current analyzes rely heavily on subject matter experts (pilots) to inform recommendations and does not analyze data output from the ship simulator. The Data Analysis Tool for Ship Simulation (DATSS) allows the user to process raw data from the ship simulator, generate summary information, compare simulations directly, and produce figures by using a rapid, semi-standardized method. This study features a case study of Mobile Harbor which presents three different possible applications of the DATSS: grounding analysis, identifying simulator errors, and supporting sponsors requests. Through the DATSS, data becomes accessible, safety is improved, conclusions are fortified, and manpower is reduced.