Developed by Kongsberg Maritime along with Bourbon and Bureau Veritas' DP experts, the 'DP Digital Survey' application runs on an industrial data management system that ensures data consistency for the verification of installed systems. It acquires information directly from the DP system and delivers it to auditors through a secure cloud infrastructure, enabling compulsory surveys to be conducted remotely.

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The DP Digital Survey application allows vessel owners to use the remote survey tool to collect a comprehensive quantity of test execution and completion evidence.

Kongsberg Maritime’s plans for the ongoing evolution of the DP Digital Survey app include the following:

  • Gradually automating the survey by capturing and digitalising the best practices of DP auditors;
  • Redesigning the survey process and tests to best fit the new tools, based on the industrial data;
  • Establishing a continuous ‘DP Digital Survey’ framework, where the performance and the technical availability of the DP system are remotely monitored in detail.

Commenting on the solution, Laurent Leblanc, Vice-President and Marine Operations Director, Bureau Veritas, said:

We have to first check the data is of sufficient quality: data quality management is a key factor, along with cyber-security for data transfer. Our expertise is then used to review and assess the data. This provides access to a higher level and depth of ‘onshore’ engineering expertise to make judgements on results

Frederic Moulin, Bourbon Operations Director, also believes that the project contributes to the company's goal of smart shipping program, which is to leverage the digital revolution, in order to stand out through a connected fleet while simultaneously reducing our operational costs.