OPEN SIMULATION PLATFORM

Joint Industry Project for the maritime industry

OPEN SIMULATION PLATFORM

Joint Industry Project for the maritime industry
Project vision
The Open Simulation Platform will create the foundation for an ecosystem where the maritime industry can perform co-simulation and share simulation models in an efficient and secure way to facilitate building of digital twin systems and vessels. Such ecosystems will be used to solve challenges with designing, building, integrating, commissioning and operating complex, integrated systems.
Key goals
  • Establish a maritime industry standard for models and system simulations
  • Develop open source simulation software and reference models supporting and implementing the standard
  • Increase efficiency and reduce industry cost related to establishing digital twin technology
Project vision

The Open Simulation Platform will create the foundation for an ecosystem where the maritime industry can perform co-simulation and share simulation models in an efficient and secure way to facilitate building of digital twin systems and vessels. Such ecosystems will be used to solve challenges with designing, building, integrating, commissioning and operating complex, integrated systems.

Key goals
  • Establish a maritime industry standard for models and system simulations
  • Develop open source simulation software and reference models supporting and implementing the standard
  • Increase efficiency and reduce industry cost related to establishing digital twin technology

background

Simulations and virtual testing can be employed to improve a vessel’s design process, newbuilding system integration and commissioning, as well as system change management in operation. However, this potential to improve safety and performance while managing risk and cost throughout the lifecycle is far from fully utilized. Key barriers to this are the initial cost of establishing simulation models, limited re-use of models and lack of common simulation infrastructure. The Open Simulation Platform initiative aims to change that. The goal is to establish a standard for models and simulations in the maritime industry, enabling both re-use of models and collaborative system simulations to solve challenges within design, building and operation of today’s and tomorrow’s ships.

THE OSP INITIATIVE

Through the 2-year Joint Industry Project (JIP), the Open Simulation Platform (OSP) will be developed by the industry for the industry. The JIP will produce an open source software that enables co-simulation and model exchange, accompanied by a model and simulation standard that will aid the industry when going forward with collaborative simulations and future ship designs. The standard will build on similar work in other industries, such as the FMI standard (https://fmi-standard.org/).

The JIP was initiated by DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime (former Rolls-Royce Marine), SINTEF Ocean and NTNU, and will run from September 2018 to Spring 2020. The OSP initiative believes that ship designers, equipment and system manufacturers, yards, ship owners, operators, classification societies, research institutes and academia will benefit from innovating faster together. The initiative therefore invites new partners who support these ideas to join the JIP.

Deliverables

Core Simulation Environment

The project will design and develop a Core Simulation Environment (CSE) software. The CSE shall be built on a combination of technical solutions from the OSP initiators and other established industrial solutions. The intention is to use the best available technology and knowledge to meet the requirements for the OSP to efficiently serve its purpose. The CSE source code will be made available, free of charge, through a suitable Open Source Licensing agreement and distribution channel at the end of the JIP.

Standard: Marine Systems Model Interfaces

Establishment of verifiable model interface specifications, model requirements for commonly used marine equipment, requirements for control system interfaces, and intended structure and functionality of a model library including categorization and other meta-data for individual models. The deliverables are to be included in an industry standard that will be published free of charge. A software tool for verification of model interfaces per the defined standards, shall be made available together with the CSE.

 

Marine Reference Models

A set of reference models including the most common marine systems and ship dynamics will be developed, adhering to the modelling guidelines and interface standards developed for the Open Simulation Platform. The reference models may be freely used and further developed by other parties, free of charge, and shall made available through a suitable distribution channel subject to adequate “open distribution” licenses.

Open Simulation Platform Use Cases

The Open Simulation Platform enables the maritime industry to establish use cases to test and verify the CSE software deliverables and standards and to investigate possible business models. The use cases shall demonstrate usage and value generation for different stakeholders.

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