Digitalisation to further efficiency of dredging operations

Maintenance work is being supported by tablets. Credit: Royal IHC

Rapid advances in digital technologies such as AI, drones, and robotics are helping drive out human error from systems and processes with positive impacts on productivity, accuracy, and safety

Cutting edge technologies always grab headlines, but the recent hype around artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, drones and autonomous vehicles highlights the furious pace of innovation over the past two or three years.

The so-called 4th Industrial Revolution therefore holds great promise for the maritime world, with the potential to boost operational efficiency and reduce downtime, as well as eradicate many of the risks associated with manual operation and human error-related safety breaches.

Demand for more autonomy in vessels has resulted in increasing demand for AI and intelligent real-time analytics that can be used to manage and predict complex navigation and automation processes, and now the first AI systems for dredgers are being developed to improve decision making compared to conventional systems that rely more on humans.

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