S.A. Agulhas II Mini-seminar

SA Agulhas II, Digital Twin, Ship Data, Vibration, Stellenbosch University

This mini-seminar is organised by Annie Bekker, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University and director of the Sound and Vibration Research Group.

In collaboration with Aalto University in Finland, this group has been in full-scale measurements on the S.A. Agulhas II since 2012. This work has culminated in the development of a unique multi-sensor measurement system to research the rigid body motion, vibration and environmental conditions on the S.A. Agulhas II.

However, the future does not call for data, but for insight.

As such this mini-seminar seeks to communicate research results and involve stakeholders in a collaborative brainstorm activity to direct and focus our efforts in future. We will explore…

  1. How real-time engineering information on the bridge can aid operational decisions on the ship to increase safely and operational efficiency.
  2. How digital visualizations of data and vessel infrastructure can be used to develop training material in Maritime Engineering Programmes as well as Virtual Museum Exhibitions?
  3. How a consolidated database of real-time ship data can facilitate science on the A. Agulhas II. Examples include the availability of vessel motion data for the de-contamination of ship-based camera footage or wave slamming predictions to assess the feasibility of launching CTD from the environmental hatch.
  4. How can the continuous monitoring and analysis of real-time measurements contribute to the design of ice-going ships and attract participation of the international digital ship economy?

Selected stakeholders, collaborators and officials are invited to participate in this mini-seminar with the aim to stimulate inter-disciplinary, practical discussions towards the exploitation of science on the S.A. Agulhas II to impact the South African blue economy and polar science.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Annie Bekker (annieb@sun.ac.za).

This event will be covered in social media by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram).

Authors: Dr Annie Bekker (Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University) and Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 20 September 2018