Achieving efficiency through intelligent design

Sensor technology is developing at a rapid pace. Jon Ingleton asks Kristian Englund how YSA Design is helping shipowners to realise value from sensor data

Achieving efficiency through intelligent design
YSA Design’s Ship Planner uses data from sensors to help shipowners optimise operations

Shipowners are increasingly installing sensors below deck to improve the efficiency of their technical operations, but many are yet to use them to achieve considerable savings on hotel operations. This is where YSA Design’s new Ship Planner can help.

“Ship Planner has two primary functions: helping owners to complete sustainability projects through intelligent air, water and energy management in hotel operations, and optimising ship design,” says Kristian Englund, senior architect at YSA Design. “Both are straightforward through the installation of sensors and the analysis of the data that they collect.”

Beta testing has yielded impressive results. “We have several pilot projects in progress for water consumption, air quality and electricity usage,” say Englund. “Using Ship Planner, we were able to reduce water consumption by 60 litres per person per day, delivering an annual saving of US$73,000. During air quality tests we found no discernible benefit could be achieved in a casino by installing ionisation equipment but found that it would be beneficial in crew areas.”

Ship Planner was originally conceived with a low cost of entry to manage air, water and energy resources but it is now evolving into a more rounded platform to deliver design, sustainability and safety efficiencies.

“Modules currently in development include flow analytics, revenue planner, recycling, harmonics, epidemic control, key solutions and advanced materials,” says Englund. “The next phase of the platform’s development is to use it to help optimise the design of new ships, once we have curated enough intelligence from the data we’re collecting.”The Ship Planner platform will continue to grow as new sensors become available, paving the way for deeper analysis and optimisation of costly resources.

This article was first published in the Autumn/Winter 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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Jon Ingleton
By Jon Ingleton
04 December 2020

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