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DNV GL Launches D-Class

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 3, 2017

Photo: DNV GL

Photo: DNV GL

 DNV GL has launched a “D-Class” (Data Smart Classification) joint development project to develop an innovative Dynamic positioning (DP) verification approach. In a series of workshops DNV GL is seeking input from the industry regarding the goals, methods, means and deliverables of the project.

Downtime, delays, and interruption of operations are common consequences of dynamic positioning verification schemes. DNV GL wants to change this by incorporating modern technology.
Digitization is radically changing the way the shipping and offshore industries operate, opening up new opportunities to improve even the most advanced technologies. Dynamic positioning (DP), computer-controlled position-keeping based on mathematical modelling of sensor data, was first applied in 1961. DP has since become an integral part of complex operations.
“With data-driven innovations gaining momentum, and in anticipation of expected market demand, DNVGL is now developing an improved, less invasive classification scheme for verification of DP systems by leveraging modern technology,” says Jan van Tiggelen, Principal Consultant Shipping Advisory at DNV GL - Maritime.
 In a series of workshops DNV GL is seeking input from the industry regarding the goals, methods, means and deliverables of the project.
These workshops provide industry stakeholders with an opportunity to engage in the project and contribute to the collection of data, influence how it will be used and shared, propose alternative methods to satisfy the core of intended requirements, and help frame what the verification scheme will look like.
To date, more than 30 offshore drilling operators, oil majors, shipowners, shipyards, equipment manufacturers, associations and academics have taken an interest in this development. For offshore stakeholders, D-Class is a vision for the future that will unlock the potential of the data the industry collects. Several customers have approached DNV GL to explore pilot projects incorporating D-Class.
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