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Bureau Veritas launches collaborative technology platform Veristar AIM3D

Fri 21 Apr 2017 by Paul Fanning

Bureau Veritas launches collaborative technology platform Veristar AIM3D
A 3D model of a floating regasification unit is created in the CAD program

Bureau Veritas has developed asset integrity management software to reduce capital expenditure and operating costs for shipowners and operators of offshore installations

Bureau Veritas, in association with Dassault Systčmes, has launched a new asset integrity management (AIM) system designed to reduce the capex and opex exposure of operators in the shipping and offshore industries.

Veristar AIM3D is an evolution of BV’s existing AIM services, but also represents a significant step forward in terms of capability and sophistication.

This is because the system is based of industrial design software giant Dassault Systčmes’ 3DExperience Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform and combines a digital twin of any marine or offshore assets with smart data in a collaborative environment. The system is designed to be used from the design stage, through construction, and throughout the operational lifecycle, to reflect and predict the condition of any asset, or fleet of assets. The solution supports risk-based inspection and condition-based maintenance approaches.

Before construction, during the design stages, plan approval on 3D models can be carried out directly with designers. These can then be used throughout an asset's life with the new service creating a reliable, ‘single source of truth’ for better decision making about actual and future asset condition.

Veristar AIM3D offers asset management dashboards for individual ships, rigs, facilities or entire fleets. This will enable decisions based on better visibility of actual asset condition and performance, will reduce costs during operations and provide return of experience data to better inform design and construction, so helping address the twin challenges of reducing both capex and opex.

"This technology is taking the industry forward, connecting surveyors, drones and experts with data through mobile applications, cloud-based systems and enterprise software solutions, all to reduce risk and to improve safety and financial performance," commented Matthieu de Tugny, chief operating officer, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

The potential extent of these savings are considerable, according to Jose Esteve, BV’s director of the AIMS project. “We believe that using this system would enable savings of up to 5 per cent on capex, up to 25 per cent on opex and a further 25 per cent in repair and refurbishment costs.”

PLM systems such as this are commonly used in other industries, but not widely adopted in the maritime industry, something Dassault hopes to remedy with its association with BV. Alain Houard, Dassault’s vice president, marine and offshore industry, feels that the maritime sector is under-exploited in terms of the technologies offered by his company. “We see a lot of potential in the maritime sector. We have looked at it and we feel that we are only reaching maybe 15-20 per cent of those we could at the moment.”

In a collaborative platform such as this, there are inevitably concerns over the security of any data. BV is keen to allay such concerns, pointing out that information within the system can only be accessed on a ‘need to know’ basis, with only privileged users entitled to access sensitive data.

From Dassault’s point of view, such concerns are not new and can be answered by the platform’s record in the automotive and aerospace industries, where no security problem has ever occurred. “Security is at the heart of what we do,” says Mr Houard. “Without data security, we wouldn’t have a business.”

BV hopes to transition its clients currently using Veristar services to the new system, but concedes that this will inevitably mean some increased investment, since the processing power required to deal with 3D CAD files is considerable. However, it does not anticipate any issues with compatibility between different CAD systems throughout the supply chain due to the use of industry-standard files.

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