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Q: Physical model tests have always been one of MARIN’s key technologies. Model testing is however a labour intensive technique when studying the complex physics of floating structures at sea. Today, we see rapid development of modern CFD calculation techniques. What, in your opinion, is the future role of CFD, model testing and simulations?

A: “Due to the rapid increase of computing resources, CFD has become a more powerful numerical tool in the maritime industry. While it will still be quite some time before CFD could replace most of the physical testing, at the moment CFD can be a good tool to assist model tests before the testing and to complement physical testing by reducing test cases and hence, the cost. A so-called ‘digital twin’ can be another area where CFD and physical testing work together to provide a more effective way of product design. MARIN may consider aiming

for a fast transition towards CFD as MARIN has significant advantages of having large amounts of testing data, which can be used to establish CFD practice and guidelines.”

Q: The Singapore government actively stimulates education, research and development in the maritime sector. What notable effect does this have for KOMtech and other Singaporean maritime companies?

A: “Keppel actively embraces technology to maximise our value proposition. As part of its efforts to advance technology and innovation, Keppel O&M partners leading industry players, government agencies and academic institutions to develop customised, market-relevant solutions.”

“Singapore has carved a niche for itself as the world leader in rig building and FPSO conversions. Singapore’s pro-business

environment, coupled with the presence of established yards like ours, has attracted many members of the global offshore and marine value-chain to set up shop in Singapore to create a maritime cluster. As such, their world-class products and services are readily accessible within the country.”

“The steady and constant infusion of talents and technologies into Singapore’s offshore and marine sector also contributes to the dynamism of the industry. This infusion is sustained through knowledge and skills initiatives promoted by government and industry organisations with the active support of offshore and marine companies. Through industry partnerships and tie-ups with academic institutions, KOMtech has been able to leverage industrial knowledge to make continuous improvements and break- throughs in its R&D efforts.”

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