A client had identified that significant benefits could be realised by the implementation of a Digital Twin for the Hull Structure of their vessel, however the path to realising these benefits was ill defined.
It was unclear to the Client what a suitable digital twin would need to be able to do, and what form it should take to achieve this. Digital twins can be many things to many people, and currently the phrase “Digital Twin” is used to cover an extremely diverse range of solutions.
To aid all project stakeholders in achieving a common understanding of what a digital twin can be, FSC prepared and presented background information covering digital twin types, applicability, capability, functional elements and levels of intelligence.
FSC then developed a methodology to define a 'fit for purpose' hull structure digital twin for the asset, facilitating a workshop to assist the Client in defining the 'Key Drivers' for the digital twin i.e. confirming what it needed to achieve. Subsequently the digital twin inputs and capability required to achieve these aims were determined, and gaps between these requirements and current information and capabilities available to the Client were identified.
From initially diverse levels of understanding of digital twin solutions and a lack of definition of asset requirements, FSC enabled the clear definition of the optimum digital twin solution required and a map identifying the gaps to address to achieve it.
At the end of the process, all stakeholders were left with a much clearer understanding of options available for a hull structure digital twin, what solution was most suitable for their needs, and the specific next steps required to progress its development.
Digital Twin Framing Study