DNV GL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) at the launch of the centre in Singapore on 31 October.
TCOMS aims to enable the local marine and offshore engineering industry to "undertake higher-value activities" through global partnerships with industry, research institutions and academia.
The centre will be housing a next generation Deepwater Ocean Basin, scheduled for completion in 2019. The ocean basin facility is equipped with state-of-the art wave and current generation systems that could simulate harsh ocean environments, including those in ultra-deep waters which would facilitate the development of innovative concepts including intelligent floating platforms and ships, autonomous systems, marine robotics and subsea systems.
Under the MOU agreement, DNV GL and TCOMS will jointly carry out research to develop innovative designs for future marine and offshore systems, including research to increase the understanding of extreme wave effects. Using digital technology is a key part of the agreement including use of digital twins, smart sensors and integrated modelling.
“For DNV GL it is important to collaborate with the industry by developing new solutions, standards and industry best practices. This MOU is a reflection of the emphasis we place on research and development in DNV GL and is at the heart of our goal of making the industry safer, smarter and greener,” said Arve Johan Kalleklev, Regional Manager South East Asia & Australia, DNV GL - Oil & Gas.
“TCOMS adopts an innovation framework that draws on the strengths of Singapore’s public sector research performers, including A*STAR Research Institutes and the academia, to develop meaningful industry collaborations locally and beyond. We look forward to collaborating with DNVGL to explore new opportunities and develop innovative, next-generation systems that would help transform the marine & offshore engineering industry,” said Professor Chan Eng Soon, CEO of TCOMS.
TCOMS is a national Centre of Excellence established by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) to spur research excellence and advance Singapore’s Marine & Offshore Engineering (M&OE) industry. The Centre is also supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and seeks to develop and validate innovative concepts and solutions for M&OE operations. Through strategic global partnerships with industry and research institutions, TCOMS aims to push frontiers in the development of safe, reliable and sustainable future systems for mankind. A key feature of TCOMS is a next-generation Ocean Basin with forefront simulation capabilities, including smart sensing and integrated physical-numerical-data driven modelling.