Digital Twins – Marine

Key benefits of digital twins

  • Vast amounts of information produced during all phases of project life cycle can be used as building blocks of digital twin
  • The information evolves when the project status changes from a concept or basic design to detailed design and production, and asset management
  • Enables close collaboration between all disciplines, integrates processes, and assures end-to-end continuity
  • Sharing the same source of real-time information drives and connects the entire data-driven shipbuilding process
  • Make decisions faster & more accurately – the right information is available, all the time, to all project participants
  • Boost efficiency of project progress monitoring by visualizing statuses based on several variables

Digital twin – a revolution in shipbuilding

Traditionally, CAD ship design focuses on modelling a vessel in a digital environment, and then building it accordingly. Vast enhancements in computing power and information visualization have paved the way for a greater role for 3D models: to function as the digital twins of vessels.

A digital twin emphasizes a bi-directional information flow approach. The information flows not only from the digital asset (3D model) to the physical world, but also loops back, where information from the shipyard and production merges with the digital model.

An ideal approach is to create the digital twin incrementally where it stores and merges 3D models in various CAD formats and effectively integrates data from other systems, such as PDM/PLM/ERP/MES and more. Users have access to all this data using the latest advanced visualization technology and by extracting the required data on demand.

Implementation of a new ship design solution

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What is data-driven shipbuilding?

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The Shipbuilding industry is currently undergoing a digital revolution that is creating and transforming business models. It is increasingly embracing the immense possibilities offered by advanced digitalization in the shipbuilding life cycle.

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Drawingless production in data-driven shipbuilding

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The role of CAD/CAM in data-driven shipbuilding

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A common trend in modern CAD solutions is to look beyond creating the 3D model and extraction of production information. Incremental digital twin creation places the 3D model as the hub of the information model, adding layers of integrated non-centralized data.

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What is at the core of data-driven shipbuilding?

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Unlocking the full power of digitalization and fostering digital twins in the shipbuilding world has been a long-term dream. The basic idea is the creation of a digital double of a complex physical object, such as a vessel or offshore platform, to enable asset management and simulation processes.

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