Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Digital Twin 3D Technology Will Permit Fleet Operator to Control Hull Inspections

Massive Crane and Pipe Laying Vessels Get the Digital Observation Treatment
Shipping News Feature
NORWAY – ITALY – DNV GL's maritime software portfolio includes its ShipManager Hull technology, now installed on more than five hundred vessels worldwide. The programme enables users to employ 3D digital twins for full lifecycle management of the hull structure of the chosen vessel. All data is centralised and easily accessible for steel and coating calculations and predictive analytics, which DNV GL says enables significant cost savings, especially in dry-dock procedures.

DNV GL will now supply the advanced software, for implementation on five vessels of the Saipem fleet, with the energy and infrastructure solution provider initially installing it on the Saipem 7000, one of the world's largest crane vessels with a lifting capability of 14,000 tonnes at 42 metres.

Crane vessels are exposed to high stresses during lifting, demanding particular attention to structural integrity. The frequent ballasting of the vessel increases the need for efficient monitoring of ballast tank corrosion. Saipem will be able to use a digital twin of the entire structure for optimal planning of periodic inspections and dry-dock repairs.

Giampaolo Bonalumi, Asset Digital Transformation Leader at Saipem says the company will also be installing ShipManager Hull on the crane vessel FDS2 and pipe laying vessels FDS, Constellation and Castorone, commenting that the tool would put the company fully in control of the condition of the hull of its construction vessels. Ketil Aamnes, VP and Regional Manager, EMEA, DNV GL-Digital Solutions, commented:

“ShipManager Hull is a proven tool in the maritime industry and is growing within the offshore industry. Saipem is demonstrating the value of the solution for specialized structures such as crane and pipe laying vessels.”

Photo: The Saipem 7000 being manoeuvred into a dockside location.