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Thursday, October 8, 2020 

The DNV GL-led Open Simulation Platform (OSP) joint industry project (JIP) has announced the results of its two-year project run and the intention to transition into an open source community.

The project, which attracted some 20 partners, including founding participants DNV GL, Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (now Kongsberg Maritime CM), SINTEF, and NTNU, was focussed on the co-simulation of maritime equipment, systems and ships, with the goal of enabling cross-organisational collaboration.

With maritime assets becoming increasingly more complex, the obvious benefits have been matched by challenges as the increasing use of software, both in design and build, the integration of smarter equipment and systems and a gap in systems engineering traditions made it harder for maritime stakeholders to work together.

From its launch in 2018 the OSP set out to create both a community and tools that would help the maritime industry deal with this increasing complexity by providing the industry with a new toolset, and enabling efficient and effective creation and maintenance of digital twins for system integration, testing and verification.

Dr Pierre C Sames, DNV GL Group Technology and Research Director, said: “Complex cyber-physical systems are being progressively installed industry wide, and their performance depends more and more on their control software. Being able to predict the behaviour of several integrated control software packages during the design, construction, approval and/or operation phase is the key problem that OSP can help to solve.”

The OSP JIP launched the results of two years of development with the release of:

  • an open-source co-simulation software, hosted on GitHub
  • an interface specification for maritime simulation models
  • a set of open-source reference models and system configurations
  • three use cases that demonstrate the usage and value creation of the OSP toolset.

These deliverables mark the close of the JIP and its transition into an OSP community for the continued development of the open source components, and the start for the development of a new DNV GL-hosted OSP Trust Centre. The OSP Trust Centre will build on the four deliverables listed above, and it will host a secure co-simulation environment for cross-organisation collaboration in designing, building, operating and assuring digital twin systems and ships. The Trust Centre is planned for launch in February 2021.

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