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The Technology Center for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) has open its first ocean basin facility. The ocean basin is used to simulate working situations in deep, intermediate and shallow waters. With the help of industry partners, the facility can co-create, test and validate solutions for unique concepts for future maritime systems and infrastructure.
“TCOMS triple helix collaboration between academia, public sector and industry enables solutions to be co-innovated for marine and offshore engineering, marine and other ocean-related sectors. TCOMS also plays a pivotal role in developing science and technology talent for industries. By working with TCOMS, companies can seize new market opportunities in the region and beyond,” says Frederick Chew, CEO of the Agency for Science , technology and research (A*STAR).
TCOMS is a national research and development (R&D) center for maritime, offshore and other ocean-related businesses that was established in 2016. It is a partnership between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), with funding from the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
TCOMS is essential to advancing national priorities such as maritime safety and adaptation to coastal climate change, as well as changes in ocean-related marine and offshore engineering activities.
The next-generation ocean basin facility, located at NUS, is equipped with wave and current generation systems, a tow carriage and a moving floor to replicate the harsh ocean environments in which platforms operate. offshore forms, ships and subsea systems. the central pit’s 50-meter water level makes it one of the deepest places on the planet today, simulating ultra-deepwater mining conditions.
Additionally, TCOMS is constantly developing cutting-edge capabilities such as cyber-physical modeling and simulation, which integrate intelligent sensing, data analysis, and real-time data assimilation. A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers experienced in engineering, ocean science and naval architecture develops and supports these capabilities.
On projects ranging from smart offshore systems to autonomous and remote-controlled vessels, marine robotics and coastal infrastructure, industry players are already collaborating closely with TCOMS. These companies include technical service providers, classification societies and large local companies as well as small and medium-sized companies and multinational corporations.
The commissioning of the state-of-the-art ocean basin facility is a significant achievement for TCOMS. This will create new opportunities for research and high-impact engineering initiatives in areas outside the marine and offshore engineering sector, such as coastal flooding caused by climate change and rising sea levels. sea.
TCOMS will also develop capabilities to combine ocean-atmosphere, coastal wave and tidal current models with engineering solutions to address vulnerabilities in low-lying coastal areas such as Singapore.
According to Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), TCOMS will create innovative solutions by combining the interdisciplinary research expertise at NUS and universities, as well as A*STAR and the partners of the industry, to meet national imperatives and support the growth of new industrial sectors in Singapore.
In addition, Professor Chan Eng Soon, CEO of TCOMS, said the opening marks the official start of TCOMS’ journey into pond simulation and testing, which will be carried out using state-of-the-art capabilities developed in-house. by their researchers.
TCOMS, with its unique combination of physical-numerical modeling and simulation capabilities, is also well positioned to do its part in equipping the next generation with the skills and expertise needed to lead the industry to greater heights. They also invite their stakeholders to use the facility as a platform for knowledge creation, training, development and lifelong learning.