Rolls-Royce, NTNU, Sintef and DNV GL to establish open ship simulation platform


Rolls-Royce, the Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organisation SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create an open source digital platform that will be used for the development of new ships.

The new platform will help in creating a ‘digital twin’ of the real ship, which is a digital copy of the vessel that includes all its systems and synthesises the information available about the ship in a digital environment.

The platform will allow the exploration of any aspect of shipping through a digital interface, enabling the developers to analyse the safety and performance of the vessel and its systems.

It is expected to be helpful during the construction process of the ship, as well as throughout its service lifecycle.

Rolls-Royce Marine Digital and Systems director Asbjørn Skaro said: “The platform will enable us to build digital twins of real ships, which in turn will form the basis for novel ways of designing, constructing, verifying and operating new maritime concepts and technology.”

Commenting about the platform, DNV GL group president and CEO Remi Eriksen said: “We are entering a new era with the accelerated uptake of more IT-technology in shipping. Digitalisation of information flows will have a positive impact on safety and environmental performance.

"By creating ships and ship technology in a virtual environment, new ideas and technology can be realised and tested in a shorter timeframe."

“By creating ships and ship technology in a virtual environment, new ideas and technology can be realised and tested in a shorter timeframe. A platform like this could form the basis for future class services.”

All the project partners have agreed to open the platform for use by other parties in order to enable all people associated with the shipbuilding industry to work together and design future vessels.

The platform is also expected to serve as a model library for different ship concepts.

The partners are now working to form a steering group, which will define the scope and govern the development of the core platform system and its eventual deployment.


Image: Back left: Asbjørn Skaro, Director Digital & Systems - Rolls-Royce, Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO - DNV GL. Front left: Hans Petter Hildre, Professor and Chairman - NTNU, Henning Borgen, President - Sintef Ocean Ålesund. Photo: © Rolls-Royce plc.