Braemar Engineering tests unique predictive DP Software Tool
15 September 2015
Braemar Engineering has announced that its new Second Failure Module dynamic positioning DP software has been installed on a client's vessel. Kyle Eddings, Manager DP and Offshore Projects at Braemar Engineering, told delegates at the IMCA Asian Dynamic Positioning Conference this week in Singapore that the first Second Failure Module is now undergoing Beta Testing.
The Second Failure Module is a unique software tool developed by Braemar Engineering that allows a more in-depth understanding of the Dynamic Positioning (DP) System. It enables crew members and operators to study second level failures and understand more fully the effects they will have on the power plant and DP capability, and mitigate those risks in advance.
Upon a single failure, the software will allow the crew to quickly identify how vulnerable their DP equipment is to a second failure, allowing a higher degree of certainty to the individual faced with making the costly decision of abandoning operations.
The software is also extremely helpful for planning prolonged DP operations, where critical preventive maintenance requires a piece of equipment to be down for a period of time. Additionally the Second Failure Module acts as a highly valuable training tool, enabling DP and Engineering Staff to study the first and second failure effects on their equipment and learn how best to mitigate those risks.
"Allowing for on board, vessel specific training saves cost and down-time for critical DP equipment," explains Geoff Green, Managing Director, Braemar Engineering. "Having an easy to use, interactive application with all relevant DP information, drawings and trials procedures in one place, allows crewmembers, owners and operators ease of access to the entirety of the DP System."
Braemar Engineering's Second Failure Module is easy to use and can be interfaced with any Alarm & Monitoring System for optimum functionality. Owners and operators can easily utilise this software to assist in accurately producing Vessel Specific Operating Procedures.
The Second Failure Module also works in conjunction with Braemar Engineering's exclusive tool, WIRE. WIRE is an interactive Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) tool, which is maintained and updated as a vessel ages. It takes the Second Failure Module much further, providing the full text of the FMEA, all related drawings and trials procedures, in a fully searchable and interactive platform.