DNV GL Maritime chief executive officer Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen told a select group of journalists at a London media briefing that this was part of DNV GL’s efforts of modernising class. “We are entering a new and accelerated phase, and launching data platform Veracity, to unlock the potential of big data,” he said.
DNV GL’s “digital roadmap to modernise class” also includes pilot schemes for drone surveys and remote inspections, including smart phone-based solutions and a wearable camera system tailor-made for inspecting tanks.
Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said: “We see digitalisation as fulfilling our purpose to safeguard life, property and the environment.”
He explained that major aims of Veracity include helping the maritime industry improve its profitability and explore new business models through digitalisation. The Veracity industry data platform is designed to help companies improve data quality and manage the ownership, security, sharing and use of data. DNV GL said that by creating frictionless connections between data owners and users, the platform will create new opportunities for improving ship performance and safety, while at the same time reducing operational costs.
“As a classification society it is vital for us to always be exploring ways we can help our industry to leverage new technologies to improve the safety and productivity of their assets,” said Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen. “Today that means being out in front of digitalisation and the vast amount of data being produced and gathered on vessels by advanced sensor technology and interconnected systems. Our industry data platform Veracity will enable connections between multiple stakeholders and data sets, thereby creating new and innovative solutions. This will give us a platform where our customers can integrate their data, quality assure the data, secure it, and offer controlled access to DNV GL or other providers to run analytics on the data. Individual data sets can be enriched with other, industry wide data sets, providing benchmarks, new and richer insights and analytics.”
Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen told journalists at the briefing that the digital platform will lead to a host of benefits, including:
- Predictive maintenance
- Performance forecasting
- Energy efficiency
- Bunker optimisation
- Realtime strategy performance
- Optimised chartering decisions
He singled out that by using thousands of sensors, anomalies could be detected before they happen through building an automatic diagnostic system on the back of evaluating and cleansing data, correlating and grouping variables and exploring the data and clustering analysis.
Veracity has been built in collaboration with Microsoft Azure.