The objective of the KBS-SHIP project is to develop design concepts for the implementation and use of advanced integrated IT systems in ships. The project aims to assist bridge and engine-room officers in duties ranging from voyage planning to diagnosis by providing:
- a decision-support system for the safe and economic operation of a ship and the efficient handling of equipment of growing complexity by a small crew
- a framework for the integration of data communication and information systems in ships.
In earlier design specification phases of the project, performed within project 1074, concepts for an overall architecture for the KBS-SHIP system were drawn up. In this phase of the project the architecture will be further developed and implemented.
The viability of the concepts will be ensured by building a prototype KBS-SHIP system incorporating a limited number of expert systems. This will include one expert system managing communications between a number of task-solving expert systems operating on a common database structure. The task-solving expert systems have been selected because of their potential contribution to cost savings and improved safety in ship operations. They will serve as decision-support tools for the optimisation of voyage plans, the preparation of maintenance schedules, alarm handling and making loading plans. Each will be supported by a system for applying ship operational regulations.
The project will focus on methods for resolving conflicts between cooperating expert systems integrated and demonstrated in a suitable land-based facility. Methods for system performance assessment and validation will be developed and used in connection with the integration. Two of the expert systems will be evaluated in a real environment.
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CR0 2AJ Croydon
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