Change of WP-leader in WP5

Thomas J.J. Meyer from NORCE was WP5-leader since the start of the project. Thomas is now pursuing new challenges in the industry. All the best wishes to Thomas in his new endeavors, and a big thanks for the efforts and achievements in WP5.

From September 2021, Rune Schlanbusch from NORCE has been taking over as the WP-leader in WP5. SFI Offshore Mechatronics and WP5 is already well known to Rune. In the period Q3-2015 to Q2-2019 he had ha PostDoc position doing research in WP5.2 on Large diameter steel ropes. A warm welcome to Rune!

Upcoming PhD defences

WP3.2 Atle Aalerud, October 14.

The title of the thesis is “Industrial Perception of a Human World: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Autonomy” and the title of the trial lecture is “Motion planning for robotic manipulators in dynamic environments”.

The work has been part of WP3.2. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here (in Norwegian only).

WP4.2. Njål Tengesland, October 18.

The title of the thesis is «Modelling and Simulation of Offshore Drilling Systems» and the title of the trial lecture is “Machine learning and computer-based drilling control systems”.

The work has been part of WP4.2. More details and information on how to participate in the online lecture and defence will be published here shortly.

Best Student Paper Runner-up Award

PhD fellow Rohan Money og and co-authors PostDoc Joshin Krishnan and professor and WP6 leader Baltasar Beferull-Lozano recently won the Best Student Paper Runner-up Award at IEEE Data Science and Learning Workshop 2021 (DSWL 2021). More information about the publication and how their work is related to SFI Offshore Mechatronics is available in a news story posted by University of Agder.

OMHyD – Open Source frequency-domain hydrodynamic analysis software

OMHyD is an open-source software implementing the 3-D Boundary Element Method, applicable to wave-body interaction problems. The current version of the software lays the foundation for the development of an open-source alternative to commercial frequency-domain hydrodynamics software like WAMIT, ANSYS-AQWA and DNV-GL Sesam HydroD/WADAM modules (developed by Sintef/Marintek).

In its current version, OMHyD demonstrates the basic principle behind the working of a frequency-domain hydrodynamic analysis package, thus providing a stepping stone towards in-house development of such software, and as such, is believed to be of interest to academics and the R&D wings of industrial partners.

The software was developed by Savin Viswanathan as part of his Ph.D. work under WP4.1. He continues his association with SFI as a PostDoc in WP4.5. More information about how the software works and comparison to e.g. Ansys-Aqwa is available in the paper “An Open-Source Python-Based Boundary-Element Method Code for the Three-Dimensional, Zero-Froude, Infinite-Depth, Water-Wave Diffraction-Radiation Problem”.