New R&D project “Digital Twin Yard”

The Norwegian Research Council has awarded the partners Kongsberg Maritime, DNV GL and Sintef with funding for the project Digital Twin Yard (DTYard). The project will run from 2019 to 2021 and secure both funding and commitment to continue the development towards efficient collaborative simulations for the maritime industry.

The project will build on ideas and technology from the Open Simulation Platform JIP to create an ecosystem that can facilitate further collaboration between platforms and libraries for digital twin simulation of complex, integrated systems and software. An official project summary is available at and repeated here:

“The grand vision of the Digital Twin Yard (DTYard) is to establish a maritime industry ecosystem for models and digital twin system simulations. The DTYard will facilitate efficient and effective construction of digital twin systems and ships in a collaborative effort between stakeholders including owner, yard, equipment manufacturers and sub-suppliers.

The DTYard includes a model library where the maritime industry can share their models and digital twin components with other stakeholders while keeping their Intellectual Property (IP) concealed and source code protected. The digital twin ship will be constructed from a large set of models and digital twin components of the ship’s equipment and automation systems, all interfaced and connected as they would be on-board the real ship. This can be viewed as a virtual yard for assembling models and subsystems into systems and entire vessels. The library and virtual yard will be supported by a new standard for maritime models and simulation, enabling efficient exchange and connection of models. The DTYard further contains simulation infrastructure to perform efficient and smart system simulations for a wide range of purposes and scenarios.

The DTYard ecosystem will enable a wide use of digital twin systems and ships in the maritime industry, and help solve the increasing challenges in designing, building, integrating, commissioning, operating and assuring complex, integrated systems and software.”

Scroll to top