The Navantia Technology and Digital Transformation Department has conducted the first demonstration of its Digital Twin pilot, using an air conditioning module at the CIS A-Cabana (Innovation and Services Centre) facilities in Ferrol for the trial. The unveiling of this minimum viable product (MVP) was preceded by an explanatory session for attendees regarding the challenges and goals of this first cyber-physical experience. The demonstration covered both the functioning of the real system and its virtual representation.
The experience was shared with those responsible for the development of the new F-110 frigate at the Ría de Ferrol Shipyard, Navantia and the UDC’s Joint Research Unit, the technical personnel at the CIS A-Cabana and the Digital Technology and Transformation Directorate.
The event was used to stress the importance of model-based engineering, data analytics, configuration and advanced management throughout the product life cycle, as well as the incorporation of digital resources throughout the supply chain. Navantia’s Digital Twin is geared towards obtaining better products and services, including ship operating safety and upkeep optimisation, while also improving the development process in operational efficiency terms.
This experience laboratory is in line with Navantia’s agile strategy which seeks to further develop this key area in the company’s future as well as its digital transformation. Iteration of this system is expected during 2020 in order to analyse new operational lines and additional use cases, as well as the rewriting of the system on the new digital platform.