Shipboard Installation of Knowledge-Based Systems: Design and Installation


KBS-SHIP - 2163

Keywords ship-based IT systems knowledge-based systems, decision-support tools, LANs, surveillance


Start Date: 02-JAN-89 / Duration: 42 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of the KBS-SHIP project is to develop design concepts for the implementation and use of advanced integrated IT systems in ships. The project aims to assist bridge and engine-room officers in duties ranging from voyage planning to diagnosis by providing:

In earlier design specification phases of the project, performed within project 1074, concepts for an overall architecture for the KBS-SHIP system were drawn up. In this phase of the project the architecture will be further developed and implemented.

The viability of the concepts will be ensured by building a prototype KBS-SHIP system incorporating a limited number of expert systems. This will include one expert system managing communications between a number of task-solving expert systems operating on a common database structure. The task-solving expert systems have been selected because of their potential contribution to cost savings and improved safety in ship operations. They will serve as decision-support tools for the optimisation of voyage plans, the preparation of maintenance schedules, alarm handling and making loading plans. Each will be supported by a system for applying ship operational regulations.

The project will focus on methods for resolving conflicts between cooperating expert systems integrated and demonstrated in a suitable land-based facility. Methods for system performance assessment and validation will be developed and used in connection with the integration. Two of the expert systems will be evaluated in a real environment.

Exploitation

The project is concerned with engaging the support of the marine industry for the introduction of KBSs expected by the early 1990s. It is expected to influence international standards for local area networks in ships as well as the design of maritime surveillance and control equipment.

The project will exploit the results of earlier work. An expert system for navigation - the Voyage Pilot Expert System - is to be developed into a product by Krupp-Atlas Electronik, and an expert system for machinery operation is to be developed by Søren T. Lyngsø.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Aage Damsgaard
DANISH MARITIME INSTITUTE
Hjortekærsvej 99
DK - 2800 LYNGBY
tel: + 45/ 42-87-9325
fax: + 45/ 42-87-9333
telex: 37223 SHILAB DK

Participants

DANISH MARITIME INSTITUTE - DK - C
THE EAST ASIATIC COMPANY LTD - DK - P
KRUPP ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GMBH - D - P
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
OF ATHINAI - GR - P
SØREN T. LYNGSØ A/S - DK - P
LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING - UK - P
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO - P - P


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KBS-SHIP - 2163, December 1993


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