Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop disruptive applications in additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies that could revolutionize solutions for Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector and boost its global competitiveness.
The quadripartite collaboration will focus on the following three developmental areas with promising potential to bring about transformational improvement to the O&M sector: (i) Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing; (ii) Drones; and (iii) Digital Twin.
Laser-Aided AM aim to gauge the feasibility of adopting Additive Manufacturing to produce reliable and cost-competitive components to support Sembcorp Marine’s offshore and marine construction work.
Developing close-up ship structure inspection by drones is especially advantageous for carrying out surveys requiring close-up inspection at height or in dangerous and relatively inaccessible areas.
Digital Twin technology is used to create a digital replica of an actual ship, and through simulation determine the ship’s specific design and operational requirements for attaining optimal performance.