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Discussing our winning solution, how BMT won the ADMIRALTY innovation challenge

2 February 2021

Shipping - Technical Services

Discussing our winning solution, how BMT won the ADMIRALTY innovation challenge

BMT’s Phil Thompson will talk about our winning solution to the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme challenge. The webinar hosted by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) will take place on 16th February at 10:30 (GMT).

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced BMT as the winners of the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme challenge in December 2020. The challenge tasked participants on creating an innovative solution to unlocking autonomous navigation for commercial shipping.

To address the needs of the challenge, BMT created a new navigation system, which combined its field-proven marine navigation simulator, REMBRANDT, with TUFLOW, an industry leading hydraulic modelling software. The powerful combination of the two simulation technologies enhanced autonomous operations planning and real-time navigation, improving safety in busy waterways and ports.

The webinar will uncover how BMT’s solution won the challenge and how it can be turned into a commercial business opportunity. Mark Casey, Head of Research, Design and Innovation at the UKHO, and representatives from the Marine Business Technology Centre will join Phil on the virtual stage.

Dr Phil Thompson, Director of simulation and training products at BMT said,

“It’s estimated that by 2030, the Blue Economy will be worth £3.2 trillion a year, innovation and the development of data driven digital solutions are core to that growth. The winning solution we put forward, draws on the technical expertise from across the company and sets out a clear vision of what the future of autonomous vessel navigation would look like. The SMI webinar gives us a great opportunity to talk through the solution and the collective vision for the future.”

The webinar is hosted by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI), they are the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector, promoting and supporting the industry. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 16 February 2021, 10:30 – 12:00 GMT. You can register for the event here.

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