Oslo, 29 May 2017: DNV GL held it’s traditional press conference at the Nor-Shipping trade fair today. This year, the event took place on the impressive Vision of the Fjords, a DNV GL-classed carbon fibre, hybrid ferry. The content showcased DNV GL’s innovative vision, with attendees taking part in a virtual reality (VR) presentation, which showed how DNV GL is pushing ahead with a digital transformation to improve the quality and efficiency of its services, as well as the emerging solutions which will take class into the future.
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL – Maritime CEO, showed how the classification society was using digitalization and modern survey techniques to improve its services: “We are using intelligent software agents to help customers find the best time and place to book a survey,” he said. While on-board, DNV GL was the first classification society using drone technology to improve surveys: “Our surveyors can now use camera-equipped drones to visually inspect large cargo holds and tanks. Using a drone opens up a lot of possibilities. Drones could eventually be piloted remotely or even autonomously, meaning the surveyor could work from the desk thousands of miles away from the ship.”
The opportunities and challenges of the rapid digitalization was at the heart of the panel discussion, which followed the VR presentation, and featured DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL – Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen, and DNV GL Group Technology and Research Director Pierre C. Sames. Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen lead off the discussion, noting that: “Digitalization does not change our core purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment; it does not change our vision or our values. But I think DNV GL, uniquely, brings something very special to digitalization: trust.” Eriksen went on to present DNV GL’s new Veracity data platform, stating that: “Veracity is a data management platform where DNV GL acts as a neutral data custodian – offering different companies and industries a way to manage the quality of their data and a controlled environment for the further use of that data for value creation.”