Once operational, port assets and infrastructure – from data networks to quay walls – need regular inspection and a record of issues or deterioration in the condition that the port must plan for maintenance, upgrade or eventual replacement. This features significantly in risk and investment planning for port facilities and is also a key element of resilience planning for climate change.

Support for these challenges is a cornerstone of our services at Royal HaskoningDHV and is an area where continuous innovation is applied to support more efficiency and detail in condition monitoring, for cost-effective asset ownership with our clients.

Smarter Asset Inspection

Our team have developed digital solutions for the capture of inspection data from all types of port structures and assets, which are used to standardise and categorise inspection data and manage workflow for inspectors. This platform can de-mystify asset inspection and allow clients (or their contractors) to capture inspection information in a structured manner to enable useful analysis and forecasting.

Digital tools within physical inspection processes allow for rapid and centralised capture and a permanent record to support the long-term monitoring and management of the portfolio.

We are happy to demonstrate our inspection tools and discuss your specific needs and how we can support the organisation of stronger processes in asset inspection.

Lifecycle Monitoring & Planning

With a clear structure and taxonomy of assets, a digital model with BIM/PIM, standardised data collection from inspections, sensors and control systems, then a strong foundation has been built for improving the lifecycle of port assets.

Useful (and timely) data can be used to monitor deterioration or failure rates of assets and equipment, and this can lead to prescriptive modelling for maintenance tasks to deploy repairs and checks based on behaviour and performance, rather than the OEM or design-led interval-based programme. This can reduce costs and improve the availability of the assets.

Data can be pulled together into dashboards and feed wider business strategy and decision-making. Our team can provide all aspects of data analysis and dashboarding.

Using this information from the port assets enables the power of digital twins within asset and operational management; collating the digital model of assets, with performance and inspection data, supports predictive simulation in process and asset management. The value of digital twin tools within asset management brings together a single platform to manage multiple layers of data (control systems & SCADA, 3D models, inspection data) and uses this data in a machine-learning model to digest historical behaviour and forecast future expectations.

Read more about our Digital Twin services here.

All stages of port & terminal asset management, from strategic planning, through data and technology tools, to forecasting lifecycle can be managed by our Smart Ports team. Get in touch with our specialists today for a further discussion.