ABS invests in academic research

18 Aug 2015

ABS says advances have been made in technology that will impact the role of classification in the future, and its academic research aims to help the industry benefit.

ABS presented its research at its recent University Partnership Symposium in Houston. Academic leaders from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, George Washington University and the State University of New York Maritime College presented at the ABS-hosted event, which engaged participants from academia and industry.

"ABS is investing in research that will drive game-changing innovation and technology," said Christopher J Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO, ABS. "ABS believes the Class of the Future will be characterised as more condition-based, more continuous-based and more risk-based.” Targeted research is being carried out in support of this.

The symposium featured three of ABS' core technology focus areas.

"The programmes highlighted at this forum emphasise some of the most critical technologies for Class of the Future, including sensors and autonomous inspection, materials innovation and nanotechnology and the application of analytical tools like computational fluid dynamics,” added Howard Fireman, chief technology officer, ABS.

ABS says this type of collaboration and knowledge-sharing are critical to expediting innovation. Through symposia like this one, ABS will continue to convene industry and academia to discuss key areas to benefit industry and spur innovation. It hopes to help develop not only new tools and techniques, but new ways of problem-solving and decision-making.

ABS’ global innovation ecosystem includes ABS engineers and scientists at six technology centres around the world, partnerships with prestigious academic institutions, scholarship programmes, and contributions to academic infrastructure and chair endowments.

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