Panel discussion (left-right): Thor Arne Håverstad (NORCE), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE), Bjarne Larsen (MHWirth), Tonje Eskeland Foss (Atea Nord), Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU) and Tom Løwehr (Telenor Maritime).

New digital technology will disrupt old business models in various ocean industries, according to speakers at a seminar in Arendal Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas J. J. Meyer, CEO of Machine Prognostics, explained how a new, smarter sensor, developed by his company, will negotiate and eliminate bottlenecks, which today stands in between an old regime of time-based maintenance and the new world of condition-based maintenance.

“Sensor data overrides guestimates and gut feelings. It describes the health of your equipment with a number. This will change the way maintenance is performed,” said Meyer.

Bjarne Larsen, Chief Engineer at MHWirth, showed how digital twins could improve operations on offshore installations and also provide new business opportunities.

“A digital twin is a gigantic data model of a machine, a system of machines or an entire oil rig. It is a digital replica of a physical installation. It is, however, not a lifeless 3D model, which is cool to explore and move about in, but rather a living model with machinery moving, in real-time,” explained Larsen.

“It allows you to do lots of exciting things, for instance to run a comparison of two different drilling teams. Using the digital twin, it is easy to compare efficiency and learn from the best team,” says Larsen.

Tonje Eskeland Foss, Regional Director at IT company Atea Nord, claimed blockchain and cloud solutions to be a perfect match with aquaculture. She used transport of salmon as an example.

“Blockchain is well suited as a tool for tracking the evolution of salmon – from when it is an egg, all the way to becoming the fish we buy in a supermarket. It is all one long value chain, with a number of milestones and various players. Blockchain could be used to track the entire life of the salmon, all the way to your dinner table,” said Foss.

Tom Løwehr, CSO Offshore at Telenor Maritime talked about how 5G, the new telecommunication standard, will present new business opportunities and improve customer experience.

“5G is not introduced in order for people to watch a movie faster than before, or because data transfer is too slow. It is introduced to accommodate the capacity demand created by the new industrial data streams,” says Løwehr.

The seminar on board the vessel Sjøkurs was hosted by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology and GCE NODE. It concluded GCE NODE’s program during Arendalsuka 2018.

Thomas J. J. Meyer, CEO of Machine Prognostics.
Bjarne Larsen, Chief Engineer at MHWirth.
Tonje Eskeland Foss, Regional Director at IT company Atea Nord.
Tom Løwehr, CSO Offshore at Telenor Maritime.