LR debuts world’s first digital assurance framework

British class society Lloyd’s Register (LR) is in Hamburg this week at SMM, the giant shipping exhibition, where it is debuting the world’s first digital assurance framework, called Digital Compliance.

In a release entitled ‘Class goes digital’, LR stated today: “The increasing use and advancement of digital twins presents a significant opportunity to marine and offshore operators in terms of improving aspects of their operational performance and maintenance regimes, as well as allowing for greater transparency and repeatability in demonstrating compliance with internal and external requirements.”

The new digital framework is applied through a series of defined levels with the system provider and the operator. The digital twin is used within a digital health management (DHM) system. LR will assess and give recognition to, the capabilities of a system provider to create an asset-specific twin.

LR explained it will build the confidence level in the DHM system from the commissioning stage, to ultimately awarding of the descriptive note: Digital Twin LIVE, which will grant credit for survey activity through demonstrated functioning of the twin over time.

LR marine and offshore director, Nick Brown, commented: “Digital Compliance is the framework that sets the foundation for what we call digital class. Digital class is the vision we have, where advanced technology and data-driven techniques will allow our clients to demonstrate compliance with class requirements in the future, remotely, periodically and/or continuously and we are actively engaging with flags to discuss how we can extend this to statutory aspects.”

He continued, “Demonstrating that class requirements are met through data-driven techniques will allow us to better target class services where they are needed most, by having a better understanding of an asset’s health over its lifetime. Digital class will also allow clients to submit class relevant data either continuously or periodically to demonstrate compliance, leading to a more targeted and focused approach to physical survey.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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