Singapore project targets disruptive technology advances

09 Nov 2017
A four-way partnership aims to advance three disruptive technologies that could boost Singapore's competitiveness

A four-way partnership aims to advance three disruptive technologies that could boost Singapore's competitiveness

A four-way partnership including Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL is investigating 3D printing, drone and digital twin technologies in a bid to improve Singapore’s competitiveness in the offshore and maritime sectors.

In the 3D printing (or laser aided additive manufacturing project, the partners – which also include the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) – will investigate the technology’s use for fabricating large scale structures. The nine-month project involves a test case and user acceptance from Sembcorp Marine, with DNV GL and SIMTech assuming the roles of process certifier and technology provider respectively.

In the drone project, Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test bed and user acceptance for developing close-up ship structure inspection by drones. The project, which begins later this month, aims to build Sembcorp Marine’s capabilities in drone-based inspection of ships and rigs, while facilitating DNV GL’s refinement of class rules for drone surveys.

In the digital twin field, Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test case for investigating the technology needed to create a digital replica of an actual ship. Scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018, the project allows Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL to strengthen their respective expertise in developing digital twin solutions.

Sembcorp Marine will host the three projects at its Tuas Boulevard Yard. The 108ha facility is host to a broad spectrum of offshore and marine construction, repair and upgrade activities. According to Sembcorp Marine it serves as a “living lab for incubating and verifying disruptive applications” for the offshore and marine (O&M) sectors.

Wong Weng Sun, president and CEO, Sembcorp Marine, said, “Singapore’s competitiveness in the global O&M market depends on our continued ability to introduce innovations that deliver faster, safer and more reliable outcomes. We are confident that additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies will unlock exciting possibilities for us to stay ahead of the curve.”