New partners — including Hyundai Heavy Industries, Kongsberg Digital and Vard — have joined the Open Simulation Platform (OSP) initiative.
The project was created in July last year by founding partners Rolls-Royce Marine, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organisation SINTEF Ocean and DNV GL. Its aim is to create an open-source digital platform that will facilitate the creation of so-called “digital twins” in ship design.
A digital twin is a digital copy of a real ship and its systems, which synthesizes the information available about the ship in a digital world. Using digital twins enables optimization of a ship’s design, maintenance, production and sustainability throughout its entire lifecycle.
The project partners will create a collaboration platform that is open for use by other parties, with core aspects built on an open source framework.
“Through working together in a virtual environment, we can achieve a larger degree of interaction between different systems and their owners,” says professor Hans Petter Hildre at NTNU.
“We can also avoid individual businesses and developers spending a lot of time on their own testing systems in isolation, without having the opportunity to test how it actually will interact in operation with other systems.”
An OSP prototype is already running with a simulated vessel and a DP system conducting a dynamic positioning operation. Through the cloud, the technology allows teams in various locations to: optimize system design and vessel performance, verify correct handling of failures within the vessel’s automated positioning system and verify system changes before they’re made on the physical vessel.
Rolls-Royce Marine has announced that it plans to create a digital twin simulation model to verify a vessel’s power and propulsion system modules and their integration in a virtual test environment.