A group of Japanese technology stakeholders, comprising NYK Group (MTI), Japan Marine United Corporation, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, Furuno, JRC, BEMAC, ClassNK and NAPA, are to collaborate on a new Maritime and Ocean Digital Engineering (MODE) programme at the University of Tokyo, commencing from the 1st of October.
The initiative aims to enhance digital engineering skills in the maritime sector through the construction of cooperative simulation platforms using model-based development (MBD) and model-based systems engineering (MBSE), technologies already more commonly used in the automobile industry.
MBD and MBSE approach problems by examining the functions of products and components as computer models, and then checking their behaviour during operation through simulations. This can assist in optimising complex system designs early in their creation, and also allows for a more collaborative development process to take place involving different stakeholders.
The programme for research on MBD and MBSE for the maritime field will be established by forming a network between the Graduate Schools of Frontier Sciences and Engineering at the University of Tokyo and other universities and research institutes around the world that are involved in advanced engineering, working with relevant experts from other sectors such as automobiles, aerospace and aviation.
An inaugural symposium is scheduled for the 4th of October at Ito Hall in the University of Tokyo.