In Use-It-Wisely’s (UIW) latest blogspot, we spoke to Nikos Frangakis of ICCS in Greece. ICCS is leader of Work Package 3, and in this role they coordinate and evaluate the development of software among all UIW partners who are active in this field. This entails identifying commonalities, synergies, and potential overlaps between the software being developed by different UIW partners.
There are several taskforces within the project, three of which have been very active in the past few months; Visualisation, 3D scanning, and Dynamic System Modelling. All the partners work together on iterative versions of the software models, which means they are continuously upgrading the systems they develop.
ICCS also leads Cluster 5 of the UIW consortium, working on the shipping sector. Other Cluster 5 partners are INSB, OCEAN and SEAbility. As they are all based in Athens, they have monthly workshops. ICCS is the developer in this cluster and is currently developing two apps that will increase efficiency in the shipping industry.
The first app, known as a “vessel metafile app” will make it easier for shipyards, classification societies and ship owners to communicate when it comes to data management, workflow management and seaworthiness inspections. Currently, the three main actors mentioned above must communicate individually, all using separate copies of the substantial documents and files they need. The vessel metafile app will allow communications and data management to be handled from one source, improving communications and efficiency.
Within Cluster 5, ICCS is also developing an app which can serve as a requirements configuring tool. This app will communicate to ship owners and shipyards the specifications required by various classification societies. The requirements will be communicated to ship owners in advance to optimise time efficiency. The current challenge faced by ICCS in developing this app is how classification societies can input data, as there is a large amount of legal and administrative data related to vessel specifications and requirements. Another challenge is the varying size and structures of various classifications societies, as well as commercial sensitivities inherent in competitive commercial companies.
However, once these challenges have been overcome and the app is completed, it will allow classification societies and the shipping industry in general, a more cost effective and time efficient way to communicate vessel requirements with one another.