Summary of Selected Research Projects

EMIS – ÉMIS – Effective Ship Design, Engineering and Fabrication

This project intends to develop a new and improved ship design approach, which includes engineering and fabrication aspects, and which will lead to the implementation of more effective methods to facilitate modular and standardized ship design, engineering and fabrication approaches in the Ulstein Group. A most promising suit of design software and web-based communication tool will be integrated into the new approach. This project will not develop its own software tools, but base its success on the application of new, open and existing software suite platforms and their effective combination. More.

Data-Driven Documents (D3) applied to Conceptual Ship Design Knowledge

This work focuses on data-driven documents (D3) examples applied to the conceptual ship design process, especially in how to effectively and quickly filter and present complex input, multilevel and multiclient interactions, associating into design knowledge. The traditional ship breakdown structure, with cost and subsystems elements, is encapsulated via analogous representations, such as tree layout, force layout, pack layout, sunburst layout, and Sankey diagrams. Large dependency matrixes are represented via interactive chord diagrams (dependency wheel and hierarchical edge bundling). A parametric design web application is used as example, to tie in a single structure knowledge representation. An overall discussion is presented, focusing on how this approach improves the expressiveness of data and interactions in an industrial ship design context, allowing the designer to better interact with a conceptual ship design dataset, as well as facilitating the presentation of the expectations of stakeholders involved.

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Ship Design and Operation Lab

We are in the process of develop the Ship Design and Operation Lab. The research activities within the Ship Operation lab focus on the behavior of the ship in an offshore marine operation. The ship is modeled in a virtual environment and the idea is to be able to simulate ship motions in real time. The activities support the ongoing development of the activities at the Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC). More info here.


Parametric Design

The objective of the parametric design procedure is to establish a consistent parametric description of the vessel in the early stages of design, starting from the basic design principle that a certain description of a vessel should be able to perform efficiently a given mission. The scope of the project is to present an entire but simplified iteration of the parametric design process applied to OSVs, starting from the mission parameters until the final design characteristics and attributes. This project is supported by Ulstein Group. Parametric model here.


Lifecycle Model for LNG Fueled Ships Operating in the Arctic via Epoch-Era Analysis

Contextual factors related to the use of LNG fueled ships in the Arctic can be related to the following categories; Environmental Conditions, Infrastructure, Policy/Regulations and Market situation. he uncertainty connected to each of the categories leads to many possible future scenarios, which can be simulated via the use of epoch-era analysis (EEA). The method is a system engineering technique that aids the handling of temporal complexity, by decomposing the contextual aspects, encapsulating it in epochs and eras, thus evaluating the behavior of a system through its whole lifecycle span (more).

Epoch-Era Analysis