This successfully delivered project reaffirms the successful cooperation between DEME and Alewijnse in the field of automation and digitalisation. Together, the two companies have to date successfully completed over twenty such projects over the past five years.
Alewijnse and DEME Group have successfully completed their seventh project in just two years for the supply and installation of an Alewijnse virtualisation and visualisation (AlViVi) platform on board a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) from the fleet of DEME Group.
This newest contract reaffirms the successful cooperation between DEME and Alewijnse in the field of automation and digitalisation. Together, the two companies have to date successfully completed over twenty such projects over the past five years.
Dredging and land reclamation project in Abu Qir
The dredger currently joins DEME’s fleet in Abu Qir in Egypt, to work on the largest dredging and land reclamation project in DEME’s history. The vast project in Abu Qir includes the reclamation of 1,000 hectares of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to -23 m and the dredging of a turning basin to -22 m.
Innovative digitalisation platform
AlViVi is an innovative control system jointly developed by Alewijnse and DEME to enable the faster and more efficient development and maintenance of IT systems on board vessels and offshore installations. The solution is based on a central, redundant server system that virtualisates all dredging process-related data. The result is that the data generated by the systems centralised within AIViVi can be visualised and manipulated from any connected screen onboard the ship. This means that the innovative platform replaces around 75% of the computers, keyboards, video and mouse (KVM) hardware and significantly reduces the cabling requirements.
Virtualisation enables the creation of new world
The AIViVi digitalisation solution is now up and running on seven trailing suction hopper dredgers in the fleet of the DEME Group, one of the largest dredging companies in the world. Product Manager Johan van Rikxoort: “All TSHDs involved are equipped with highest possible level of technology to maximise the production and optimise the uptime of the vessels. Here, the virtualisation enables the creation of new world.”
He outlines the benefits of AlViVi for the user: “The platform is fast, user-friendly and extremely reliable, resulting in maximum uptime and optimal operational security. By bringing together multiple systems in one environment, their maintenance and management becomes much easier and more efficient. Updates are better and faster to test or roll back. In addition, the life-time of the software is extended by the independence of the platform and the system is also extremely secure from intruders."
Alewijnse and DEME Group have been working together intensively since 2015 on automation and electrical installation solutions for DEME's dredging fleet. Van Rikxoort: “DEME has again demonstrated the confidence it has in us to deliver a digitalisation solution in the form of an innovative and successful platform for hosting their dredging software together with that relating to equipment supplied by third parties.
"We have been working well together for five years, continuously addressing the challenges of taking the effectiveness and performance of the DEME vessels to the next level. Together we reinforce each other in the development of new techniques and applications. By realising the latest control concepts, we can contribute proactively to the future-proofing and simplification of the maintenance and management of DEME's fleet."
A proven partner in dredging and offshore in automation solutions
Systems integrator Alewijnse has played a significant role in the development and implementation of dredge automation systems, process solutions and control systems, and electrical installations on board the dredging and offshore vessels operated by DEME. Previously projects include the PLC refit and development of dredge application solutions on boardof several hoppers; as well as a new alarm and monitoring system and an upgrade of the ADLS and ASTS dredging systems.
DEME's trailing suction hopper dredgers form part of the large fleet of dredgers operated by DEME. The group has one of the most modern and versatile fleets in the global dredging industry and its vessels can be found operating all over the world.