14 November 2008

Joint effort IHC Merwede and DEME to develop forecasting model

Press release

 

Mr. J. Hylkema (IHC Merwede) and Mr. T. van de Kerckhove (DEME) sign the contract for cooperation of the development of a forecasting model.

IHC Merwede and the Belgian contractor DEME (Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering) are engaged in the joint development of a unique model for forecasting the condition of dredging equipment on board dredgers. The model will generate maintenance information as support for decisions about predictive maintenance. It is therefore a major step forward in terms of enhancing the availability of equipment.

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The project is unique, as it combines DEME’s excellent operational and technological knowledge with IHC Merwede’s knowledge and worldwide experience as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The aim is to develop a unique, customised forecasting model that will optimise the availability of the equipment throughout the DEME fleet. The challenge is how to determine and monitor the wear process in the mixture-transporting equipment. It is known that wear is highly dependent on the type of soil and the specific dredging approach, and that this variation normally precludes predictions. So the challenge is clear. The project will start in a single DEME dredger before the results are rolled out to the entire fleet.For IHC Merwede, participation in this long-term research project involves technical specialists from different units, such as IHC Technical Service, IHC Systems and MTI Holland. The project also includes the delivery of a computerised Condition-Based Maintenance System. This system collects measurement data, and exchanges them with data from operational administrative systems and with the integrated monitoring and control system. It also contains the models that have already been set up but that will be moving into the joint development process. It regulates online data exchanges between the ship and a remote office, allowing for rapid responses and online remote upgrading of the models.The project is fully in line with IHC Merwede’s corporate strategy for customer support. The strategy aims to achieve the maximum availability of the fleet at the lowest possible cost of ownership throughout the life cycle of the vessels. The project also represents a new development in the IHC Merwede corporate strategy for full Life Cycle Support, in which IHC Merwede places its know-how as a technology innovator at the service of its customers so that they can achieve excellence in their own markets.


Profile DEME
The Belgian group Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering (DEME) is one of the world’s largest contracting groups in the area of dredging works, environmental projects and hydraulic engineering. The group has a workforce of 3,500 and is active on all five continents. DEME owns one of the most modern and versatile fleets in the sector and has a continuous programme of investments, research and innovation. The group operates through different subsidiaries, which include Dredging International. At present, the DEME companies are engaged simultaneously in more than 60 projects worldwide.


Profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.
IHC Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment. IHC Merwede is also recognised as an outstanding builder of complex, custom-built vessels for offshore construction. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede is focused on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries.

IHC Merwede is world market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment and complex custom-built offshore vessels. The clients of IHC Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,800 at its locations in the Netherlands. There are also branches in China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

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For more information on IHC Merwede please contact:

IHC Merwede B.V.
Mrs. Renée van Krimpen-Baudesson
T +31 184 41 15 55
pr@ihcmerwede.com