Two leaders in world industry – Hyundhai Heavy Industries and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) – have signed a contract for the classification of a semi-submersible according to the DNV standard for Integrated Software Dependent Systems (ISDS).
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies. Its manufacturing facility in the South Korean city of Ulsan is the world’s biggest shipyard. The newly-combined DNV GL Group is the third largest technical certification and risk management organisation in the world.
The semi-submersible vessel will be owned by U.S. company Diamond Offshore Drilling and is a breakthrough project for an American owner.
The agreement is also an important development for ISDS which has previously been applied by Norwegian owners. DNV is involved in several projects for Norwegian companies at Korean yards where construction is in accordance with ISDS standards and best practice guidelines.
ISDS is an offshore standard which ensures that software and integration issues are identified and resolved during the early project design stages instead of during commissioning and acceptance testing. It aims to minimise software integration errors and delays in projects which involve complex software-dependent systems.
The HHI-DNV contract with the American drilling company is significant because it underlines an increasing recognition of the need for software dependent systems in the offshore industry. It also emphasises the willingness of shipyards and equipment suppliers to improve the quality of deliveries to customers.
ISDS represents a new way of thinking about verification for the offshore industry. It has been applied by oil companies, equipment suppliers, ship and rig owners.
Instead of focusing on the final review of documents and installations to ensure they meet product requirements, ISDS emphasises a review of the working methods and processes that lead to the delivery of complex products, such as software, where complete verification of the final product is nearly impossible.
ISDS team leader in Korea, David Card said: “DNV won these contracts due to our good performance on previous projects and persistent marketing efforts in Korea and the USA.”
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