Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Digital Survey Tool Made Available to Check On Dynamic Positioning Systems

Offshore Facilities Get New Technology Boost
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Kongsberg Maritime, Bureau Veritas (BV) and offshore service provider Bourbon have announced the first successful testing of a newly-developed application that enables remote surveying of Dynamic Positioning systems. Tested on board the Bourbon Explorer 508, off the coast of Angola, the new system will be rolled out to Bourbon sister ships in the coming months.

Dynamic Positioning, or DP, is a pro-active system which, using computer controls, automatically positions a vessel and maintains this using the vessel’s own abilities utilising propellers and bow and stern thrusters to stay on station.

Developed by Kongsberg Maritime in collaboration with Bourbon and Bureau Veritas’ DP experts, the ‘DP Digital Survey’ is a digital tool running on an industrial data management system that ensures unprecedented data consistency to verify on board systems. DP Digital Survey acquires the information directly from the ships’ control systems and delivers it to the auditors via a secure cloud infrastructure, thus representing a real improvement in terms of quality of services.

The ability to remotely survey the data output from the solution is a first for the industry and a further step on the road to ever smarter ships. The partners in the venture claim the new application stands out from alternatives, providing real data of test completion evidence, not just photographs and video recordings. Laurent Leblanc, Vice-President of Marine Operations at Bureau Veritas, said:

"The key for us is to receive reliable performance and failure data, not just photos and pictures. We first check the data is of sufficient quality: data quality management is a key factor along with cyber-security for data transfer. Our expertise is then used to review and assess the data. This provides access to a higher level and depth of ‘onshore’ engineering expertise to make judgements on results."

Kongsberg Maritime’s plans for the ongoing evolution of the DP Digital Survey app include the following:

  • Gradually automating the survey by capturing and digitalising the best practices of DP auditors
  • Redesigning the survey process and tests to best fit the new tools, based on the industrial data
  • Establishing a continuous ‘DP Digital Survey’ framework, where the performance and the technical availability of the DP system are remotely monitored in detail.

As a new resource in Kongsberg Maritime’s ‘Full Picture’ portfolio of products, solutions and services for all vessel types, the company says the DP Digital Survey app reflects the dedicated investment in digital capability which is being exercised by Kongsberg Maritime and its partner firms, to deliver practical solutions and measurable benefits to clients while enhancing operational efficiency and safety.

Photo: Bourbon Explorer 508 under way.