From data to insight for a polar supply and research vessel

Anriëtte Bekker*, Mikko Suominen, Pentti Kujala, Rosca Johan Oscar De Waal, Keith Ian Soal

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Full-scale measurements on polar research vessels present an opportunity to advance the state-of-the-art in ship design through high-quality long-term measurements of environmental conditions and ship responses. The approaches, data analytics and synoptic results are presented for a comprehensive measurement campaign on a modern polar supply and research vessel, the SA Agulhas II. It is recognised that the real-time analysis and utilisation of such measurements could benefit the insightful operation and management of this vessel. To this end, the conceptual design of a monitoring and decision-aiding system is presented. Results indicate that significant potential beckons in the integrated acquisition, analysis and utilisation of full-scale ship-board measurements provided that this diverse data can be aggregated, analysed, visualised and interpreted in real time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalShip Technology Research
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • big data
  • decision aiding
  • Full-scale measurements
  • monitoring
  • real-time analysis


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