Akselos deploys digital twin of Shell’s Bonga FPSO

first_imgThe Digital Twin is a physics-based model of the asset, which represents its entire physical counterpart in absolute detail and accuracy Akselos deploys digital twin of Shell’s Bonga FPSO. (Credit: Akselos SA.) Akselos SA (Akselos) has announced the successful deployment of a structural Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO, located 120km Southwest of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.The Digital Twin is a physics-based model of the asset, which represents its entire physical counterpart in absolute detail and accuracy. The model is updated with loading conditions and inspection data on a regular basis, providing the ability to carry out structural assessments based on the ‘as is’ condition, from anywhere and at any time.The structural Digital Twin, which is based on Akselos’ patented RB-FEA technology, was selected by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell’s deepwater company in Nigeria and operator of the 225,000 oil barrel capacity FPSO, because of its unique ability to realise a number of operational objectives. These include the identification of critical areas for prioritised inspection, maintenance and repair; a reduction in personnel on board the asset; reduced necessity for physical inspections in hard-to-reach areas such as cargo tanks; and to support scenario planning for extreme weather events and asset modification.The deployment of the breakthrough simulation technology will also enable safe asset life extension by replacing the over-conservative estimates made with conventional simulation software, with accurate assessments that reflect actual remaining fatigue life.Elohor Aiboni, Asset Manager for Bonga, said “The Bonga Main FPSO heralded a number of innovative ‘firsts’ when it was built back in 2004, so it’s fitting that it’s the first asset of its kind to deploy something as advanced as a structural Digital Twin. We are very excited about the new capabilities that Akselos brings and believe it will create a positive impact on the way we manage structural integrity. It is also a great example of digitalisation coming to life.”The Bonga Main FPSO, which became operational in 2004, has a capacity of 225,000 barrels per day and weighs over 300,000 tonnes, making it the largest asset in the world to be protected by a structural Digital Twin.Dr David Knezevic, CTO and Co-Founder of Akselos said: “We are very proud to have reached this important milestone, which represents many months of complex engineering work between SNEPCo and Akselos. To have the opportunity to deploy our breakthrough technology on a 300,000 tonne asset is the kind of technical challenge that Akselos was founded to solve. I’d like to thank the SNEPCo team and the wider team within Shell for sharing our vision and for their commitment to digital transformation.”Shell has been working with Akselos since its technology scouts were introduced to the company as a start-up, as part of the MIT Industrial Liaison programme in 2015. Since then, the integrated energy company has supported Akselos’ technology deployment on many of its assets and become a minority shareholder through its venture capital arm Shell Ventures. The partnership has played an important role in Akselos’ development to become an international scale-up operating across the energy sector. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Whoopi Goldberg Cheers on the Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me

first_imgThe View co-host and comedian Whoopi Goldberg had a date with Tonya Pinkins and the cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me on June 18! The new musical, directed by Kenny Leon and featuring songs by late rapper Tupac Shakur, officially opens June 19, but Goldberg couldn’t wait to catch the show. After seeing the story unfold, the comedian stopped backstage to take photos with the cast. Check out this Hot Shot of Goldberg and the company, then see Holler If Ya Hear Me at the Palace Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img

RNLI volunteers rush to assist casualty off Arranmore

first_imgArranmore RNLI volunteers have come to the rescue of a fisherman who was injured at sea this morning.The alarm was raised at 10.30am when a crew member suffered a hand injury onboard a 40ft crabber.The RNLI lifeboat was swiftly launched from Arranmore Island as volunteers travelled 40 miles north west to meet the trawler. The fisherman was transferred to the lifeboat at approximately 12noon and is believed to be en route to Burtonport. Nora Flanagan, spokesperson for the Arranmore RNLI, said that an ambulance is ready to transfer the casualty to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment.RNLI volunteers rush to assist casualty off Arranmore was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: ‘Thank you, South Africa’ – Proteas captain AB de Villiers

first_img“To the people of South Africa, and everyone who supported us in this World Cup: thank you very much for your support.” Watch Proteas captain AB de Villiers, on behalf of the entire team, thank the fans after the national squad bowed out of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.“We come back as a proud team, and we hope we did you, as a nation, proud.”last_img

Ministry to Engage Stakeholders at Labour Market Forum in December

first_img In an interview with JIS News, Director of the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit, Andrea Patterson-Morris, said the forum aims to facilitate a conversation among stakeholders about the existing skills gap, and establish solutions. Director, Research and Analysis, Simone McKenzie-Mair, said the study showed that employers report that jobseekers are largely ill-equipped for the workforce, by not having the requisite soft skills, having poor customer service skills, not being punctual and lacking in brand/company loyalty, all of which impact productivity. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to engage employers, policymakers, curriculum developers and students at next month’s Labour Market Forum, on key recommendations out of the recently completed labour market study. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to engage employers, policymakers, curriculum developers and students at next month’s Labour Market Forum, on key recommendations out of the recently completed labour market study.The Labour Market Forum will be held on December 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel under the theme ‘Jamaican Employers and Educators, Working Together to Close the Skills Gap’.In an interview with JIS News, Director of the Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit, Andrea Patterson-Morris, said the forum aims to facilitate a conversation among stakeholders about the existing skills gap, and establish solutions.“We are hoping that at the end of it, employers will be more informed [and] also that the curriculum developers will be guided by what came out of the study, and jobseekers will be guided in making more informed career choices,” she said.Ms. Patterson-Morris said the forum will also be used to encourage more employers to participate in labour market studies, in order to more accurately ascertain the needs of the job sector.The National Labour Market Study was commissioned last year and tabled in Parliament by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in March this year.Director, Research and Analysis, Simone McKenzie-Mair, said the study showed that employers report that jobseekers are largely ill-equipped for the workforce, by not having the requisite soft skills, having poor customer service skills, not being punctual and lacking in brand/company loyalty, all of which impact productivity.She said lack of relevant work experience was also a concern among employers.Ms. McKenzie-Mair said these issues will be addressed during the forum through a series of panel discussions. There will also be an international speaker, who will look at best practices in other jurisdictions and how these can be applied locally.She added that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be a part of the forum, to speak to projections for growth in specific job sectors.“We found in the study that although 60 per cent of employers said they expected to have some type of business upgrade or expansion, which would lead to jobs, they weren’t able to tell us where the jobs are. Given that, we saw the need to invite that Ministry to speak to where the jobs are, what the growth areas are and what is on the horizon,” Ms. McKenzie-Mair said.The forum will also include an awards ceremony to recognise the employers who have been participating in the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) of the Labour Ministry; as well as to award colleges that have partnered with the Ministry for its scholarship programme, under the LMIS School Initiative.The forum, being funded by the Inter-American Development Fund (IDB), will be streamed live, and the public, particularly students, are being urged to participate. Persons are also invited to register for attendance online.Ms. McKenzie-Mair said she is hopeful that the forum will lead to a more collaborative approach to addressing the needs of the labour market. She said it will also provide a “wealth of information” for the Ministry, to be used in published material and to inform the next labour market study.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Jamaica Employers’ Federation and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions are expected to participate in the event.last_img read more