Joint-industry collaboration to boost drone, digital twin technologies in offshore sector

11/9/2017

SINGAPORE -- Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop disruptive applications in additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies that could revolutionize solutions for Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector and boost its global competitiveness.

The quadripartite collaboration will focus on the following three developmental areas with promising potential to bring about transformational improvement to the O&M sector:

Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing) for fabricating large-scale ship structures. Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, SIMTech and NAMIC will collaborate on developing and certifying laser-aided additive manufacturing technology in fabricating large-scale structures for newbuild vessels. To be funded by NAMIC, this nine-month-long project will take off by end-2017. The project involves a test-case and user-acceptance from Sembcorp Marine, with DNV GL and SIMTech assuming the roles of process certifier and technology provider respectively. 

The project aims to gauge the feasibility of adopting Additive Manufacturing to produce reliable and cost-competitive components locally to support Sembcorp Marine’s offshore and marine construction work. Through this collaboration, DNV GL will be able to enhance the qualification process of Additive Manufacturing and support NAMIC in developing an Additive Manufacturing ecosystem within Singapore’s O&M sector. 

Drones for close-up ship inspection. Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test-bed and user-acceptance for developing close-up ship structure inspection by drones. Complementing surveyor inspections, drones are especially advantageous for carrying out surveys requiring close-up inspection at height or in dangerous and relatively inaccessible areas. 

The project begins later this month. Among other outcomes, it aims to build Sembcorp Marine’s capabilities in drone-based inspection of ships and rigs, while facilitating DNV GL’s refinement of class rules for drone surveys. 

Digital Twin for simulation-based optimization of ship design and operations. Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test-case and user acceptance for investigating the use of Digital Twin technology to create a digital replica of an actual ship, and through simulation determine the ship’s specific design and operational requirements for attaining optimal performance. 

Scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018, the project allows Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL to strengthen their respective know-how on developing Digital Twin solutions and progress further in their digital transformation journey. 

Sembcorp Marine will test-bed the three projects at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard. Host to a broad spectrum of offshore and marine construction, repair and upgrade activities, the 108th integrated facility is ideal for the required developmental work. 

In supporting the projects, Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard augments its role as a living lab for incubating and verifying disruptive applications for the O&M sector.

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