Asset management and condition monitoring within the port environment contains many challenges for which digital solutions and methods are becoming available.  Our Smart Ports team can guide port clients through design, selection and delivery of new ways of working with best-fit digital tools.

Ports can gain considerable insight by bringing more structure and data into their monitoring of asset condition, which can allow faster response times to issues, greater ability to plan investment in repairs or replacement and overall improved safety and resilience for the facility.

Scan to BIM & AIM

For new engineering projects, the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) are commonplace for design and construction work (all Royal HaskoningDHV design projects adopt Level 2 BIM using 3-D modelling). This creates a structure and digital design that is the basis for the future Asset Information Model (AIM) once built, providing the principles for asset management.

However, with port assets having a life of many decades, it is typical to have many archives of paper drawings, or no information at all, thus the digital 3-D model in a CAD platform or the information structure on which maintenance depends are often unavailable.

Our team provides a Scan to BIM process for these assets, to follow on from the structure and taxonomy services in our Strategy offering, where we bring all the existing port assets into the same BIM-AIM structure as new infrastructure or equipment would be established upon.

This uses a mixture of absorbing old paper or CAD files and setting out the naming and structure in line with existing practice. For a useful 3-D model, the best approach can also be to do a fresh survey of the current state of the older assets (which may have evolved over time) to capture a digital image.   Our team use drones (UAV) with photogrammetry or available LiDAR point clouds of the asset to create a fresh 3-D digital image, which can become the basis for a new asset management approach.

The Scan to BIM process is applicable for any industrial asset or structure and is the basis for establishing any future digital twin concepts for port infrastructure, moving into BIM tools with 4-D and 5-D for time and cost scheduling for asset management.

Asset Management Data Capture

In the port sector, digital data may not traditionally exist to feed into decision-making models and fresh information must be captured. Our team specialises in data capture from the physical environment, infrastructure, civil assets and equipment.

The addition of sensors to port infrastructure, especially older pre-digital assets, can provide valuable insight into asset maintenance, risk planning and future investment considerations. A range of cost-effective options exist, to bring data into real-time decision making, from fenders and pontoons, through lock-gates and quay structures. This data can be presented in metrics and dashboard trends, to guide asset owners and operational managers, all hosted and supported by the Royal HaskoningDHV team.

Ports also have a wide range of imagery from which data can also be extracted, using computer vision principles. Asset condition, corrosion, loss of area and other typical challenges can be resolved with data that often already exists in images captured by the port, in video or still format.

Our Envision suite of products is designed to resolve bespoke challenges for industrial environments including in ports, converting imagery into data that can be analysed and used in machine learning and decision-making metrics.

For example, these tools can be used for terminal road and pavement analysis, or security and traffic applications, to use simple video feeds to determine patterns of asset deterioration or traffic congestion, as a basis for forecasting and planning maintenance or investment scheduling.

Having the best advice from the Smart Ports team will ensure the correct technologies are implemented, for data-driven decisions, designing bespoke solutions and making the best from the latest data science tools available. 

Royal HaskoningDHV Digital is a world leader in developing a data-led understanding of how to integrate the physical and digital world, which creates a wide array of possibilities to reshape our society, including within the maritime industry.

The Smart Ports team are at the forefront of this industry and provide advice to many clients for improved decision-making with data from all types of sources.

Get in touch with our team today to discuss your needs.