DSME to lead digital twin development partnership

(l-r) Odin Kwon, DSME; Deog Hee Doh, KMOU; Naoki Mizutani, NAPA; and Marko Dekena, AVL

DSME, Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), NAPA and AVL have announced a new strategic co-operation agreement, which will combine the four parties’ expertise in naval architecture and shipbuilding, engines, Big Data, and software development to create new ‘digital twin’ tools and services for the maritime sector.

The collaboration, co-ordinated by DSME, will cover all aspects of the digital twin process, from the acquisition and processing of engine room data, ship performance and meteorological data to the training, simulation and human machine interface needed to create actionable information.

“The development of digital twin ships and engines is one of the most exciting outcomes of the recent surge in maritime digitalisation and development of the Internet of Things,” said Odin Kwon, CTO of DSME.

“By creating a virtual, real-time copy of engine equipment, we can better monitor, analyse, and predict performance, leading to safer and more efficient operations. Here, the best experts in each field gathered in order to develop a digital twin ship, so we are confident that we can create and service superior products that exceed our customers’ expectations.”

“Digital twins bring together a range of different fields of expertise, requiring hardware, software and operations to work together. This is why collaboration is essential if this technology is to mature. This partnership represents shipping’s best minds in shipbuilding, engines, ship operations, and software. We’re excited to work together to develop digital twin technology and a platform that will make future generations of ships safer and smarter.”

KMOU faculty members have already begun development of a platform linking augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) with digital twin technology, and will lend their expertise in these areas to new projects.

NAPA will apply its software development expertise in creating digital twin ship models and a real-time simulation platform to integrate engine models and ship models, while AVL, a company specialising in simulation and testing technology for powertrains and propulsion systems, will develop simulation tools and methodologies to support the partnership’s projects.

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