Marine system designers have identified shortfalls and high design risks resulting from conventional design methodologies such as non-optimisation, ambiguities and inconsistencies. These result in time consuming and costly development programmes, considerable out-of-commission time to rectify faults and increased operational costs.
The structured design methodology used in the aerospace industry results in optimised, complete and much more accurate system/software specifications thus minimising development and commissioning timescales and reducing overall costs.
The main objectives of the project are to evaluate this structured design methodology and demonstrate its effectiveness when transferred to the marine industry.
An integrated systems design (ISD) approach has been developed for use during the marine platform design and build process. ISD reduces the cost, time scale and risk associated with these processes. ISD uses a computer aided design (CAD) simulation tool to simulate and test the interactive functions of marine platform equipment and the associated bridge and engine room displays. An object orientated database of marine platform equipment and an equipment networking tool have also been developed. Work on the project is now complete to a prototype stage.
A market assessment is being carried out of the equipments database and it is expected that the final product would be distributed to licensees in the form of a CD-ROM.
This process will be applied to a representative marine system incorporating an integrated data network for the command and control of selected subsystems. Validation will be assessed experimentally using a data network/distributed processor configuration exercised by simulators representing typical marine subsystems. This methodology should also demonstrate the effectiveness of including testing as part of the overall design/verification process.
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3016 CJ Rotterdam
ME1 2XX Rochester
EC3M 4BS London
HU3 4PN Hull
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne