LR will deliver the structural digital twin model using its proprietary cloud-based technology. It will analyze the vessel’s global and fatigue hull strength for selected geographical locations based on historical design, operational and measurement data, and real-time in-service performance data.
The digital solution, which involves integrating multi-physics models, sensor information and the vessel’s design data, will serve to mirror and predict the status and life of its corresponding physical twin.
Bluewater will use the results to understand or predict the structural performance at the proposed new field location prior to physical redeployment.
The digital twin will be designed to continuously collect and process sensor data, thereby presenting a constantly evolving picture that Bluewater can use to assess the vessel’s health status.
Peter Burger, vice president Technology, Bluewater Energy Services, said: “We are…pleased to team up with LR to accelerate assessment for redeployment of this most versatile FPSO, designed and proven to operate in harsh and mild environments with high uptimes and a maintained, strict regulatory and safety regime.
“This will enable redeployment in most fields across the globe, also including a return to its origin, the North Sea.”
The Glas Dowr, which was converted from an oil tanker in the mid-1990s, operated initially in the UK central North Sea for Amerada Hess’ Durward and Dauntless fields.
Its next tour of duty was on the Soekor-operated Sable field offshore South Africa, from 2005-08. And in 2011, following a further conversion at the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. It produced oil for Eni at the Kitan field in the Timor Sea, offshore northwest Australia.