Big Data at Blue Planet

Big Data

Blue Planet’s digitalisation of its operations has been so successful that Mr Pandis notes that the vessels now generate in the region of 40GB of raw data on a daily basis, which can be analysed to drive performance improvements.

“These large volumes of data right now are produced mainly by the telemetry of the rotors installed by Anemoi which is used to monitor their performance. In effect it is a small lab on board the vessel and it involves a large number of variables being sampled at least each second,” he explained.

“The 40GB figure is the amount of uncompressed data handled through the system. The total amount actually transmitted through FX after being compressed by the Rsync synchronisation software is closer to 4GB.”

The company believes that the ability to move larger volumes of data on a real time basis, as opposed to storing data on board and intermittently sending storage drives back to the office when the vessels return to port, will provide an operational edge in allowing for daily improvements in operations, with staff on shore able to gain a detailed overview of performance across the fleet at any time.

Greater access to shipboard data allows Blue Planet to make daily adjustments to operations to optimise performance

“This means the feedback cycle from any adjustments is shortened from weeks or days to hours, and that the engineers can monitor the performance in near real time as the conditions at sea change,” said Mr Pandis.

“Additionally, the FX bandwidth allows any number of operations to be performed much faster and unimpeded by the telemetry data transmission, other file synchronisations etc. Via our integrated ERP software we’re constantly bringing the vessels and the office closer together and we can operate and support them as easily as shore-based servers and other infrastructure.”

As this infrastructure upgrade project is completed, Blue Planet will continue to look for new ways to  expand and improve its use of technology and introduce IT capabilities, building on the integrated philosophy it has followed since implementing its centralised ERP architecture.

“(This infrastructure) is always expanding and greatly benefits from an ever diminished ‘distance’ between ship and shore, allowing us to truly treat the company as a single entity,” Mr Pandis said.

In doing so the company is moving closer to its goal of running a digitally empowered enterprise that ignores the limitations of maritime operations to run as a performance-driven modern business – a mindset worth applauding.

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