NORWEGIAN energy expert and assurance provider DNV has signed a memorandum of understanding with Light Structures, a supplier of fibre optic condition monitoring systems. The agreement will see the two companies co-operate on developing new methodologies and systems at the intersection of structural health monitoring and digital twin functionalities.

DNV vice-president and regional director for energy systems, APAC Brice Le Gallo said: “Our collaboration with Light Structures unlocks the potential to boost digital twin fidelity, resulting in new levels of operational insight for our engineers and customers”.

Light Structures CEO Niklas Hallgren said: “Digitalisation in the maritime sector has streamlined our ability to widen the scope of applications that structural integrity data can benefit, so we are looking forward to exploring new workstreams and project implementations through our work with DNV”.

A statement from DNV said the collaboration marks a step forward in DNV and Light Structures’ shared vision to advance innovative solutions in structural health monitoring and digital twin technologies capable of improving safety at sea as well as unlocking new operational efficiencies with the potential to reduce assets lifecycle maintenance costs.

A key goal of the cooperation is to leverage the inherent value in structural integrity monitoring data acquired using Light Structures’ SENSFIB systems for complex marine and offshore projects.

Under the MoU, DNV and Light Structures plan to collaborate on diverse areas including customer requested project and solution design; modelling; hydrodynamic analysis; hybrid twin databases; interfacing; instrumentation; installation and commissioning; and co-marketing activities.