Norway has become a world-leader in the ocean space with substantial investments made in physical and intellectual assets over centuries. But now new challenges threaten its leadership role and demand new opportunities, rapid innovation, and higher efficiency. To achieve this, we need to make efficient use of existing solutions and knowledge and we need new and smart technology.
A particularly promising technology in that regard is co-simulation, which has been used by the maritime industry during the past decade or so to design new systems and optimize existing ones. Co-simulation allows to create complex simulations by coupling already existing models across engineering domains and organizations without exposing sensitive information. This already helped boost digital collaboration across the industry and made for an efficient use of existing investments and know-how.
But this technology still needs to be developed further to fully realize its potential as an easy, fast, and robust-to-use tool that helps defend Norway's leadership role in the ocean space. Precisely this is the aim of the SEACo project in which SINTEF Ocean, Kongsberg Maritime, NTNU, SINTEF Ålesund, and DNV GL set out to tackle several important technical challenges related to the use of co-simulation technology for the maritime industry.
Norway has long been a world-leader on maritime technology, but the world is changing fast and major challenges threaten its position. Rapid innovation, new opportunities, and higher efficiency are needed, as the MAROFF work program asserts. This requires coordinated and unified action from a wide range of research and industry partners. And it requires smarter technological solutions that are easier, faster, and safer to use.
During the last years, the maritime industry has started using co-simulation successfully to boost digital collaboration and innovation based on existing investments and knowledge. Yet, several technical challenges remain standing in our way and collaboration is inhibited by tools that are often too complicated to use and not unified.
With the present research proposal, we aim to tackle these inhibitors of rapid digital innovation head on. We seek to contribute to more reliable and easier-to-use co-simulations of maritime systems by drawing on the knowledge and the skills acquired over the past decade. To ensure high interactivity and value creation, several key partners from academia and the industry are committed and eager to contribute.