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Singapore marine and offshore R&D centre to boost innovation

The Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) is Singapore’s first research and development (R&D) centre for the industry.

Jointly opened by A*STAR and the National University of Singapore (NUS), the centre will receive $107 million in government investment. TCOMS enables the local marine and offshore engineering industry to undertake higher-value activities through various global partnerships.

The new centre announced eight memorandums of understanding with various industry players - including Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine - to explore research collaborations in marine and offshore engineering technologies.

TCOMS’ anchor research facility will be the next-generation Deepwater Ocean Basin (DOB), an ocean basin facility equipped with state-of-the art wave and current generation systems that can simulate harsh ocean environments - including those in ultra-deep waters.

The facility, slated to be complete in 2019, will facilitate the development of innovative concepts including intelligent floating platforms and ships, autonomous systems, marine robotics and subsea systems.

Research at the facility will be aided by petascale supercomputing capabilities. This allows researchers to access leading technologies such as smart sensing, physical modelling, numerical simulation and real-time data analytics to better understand non-linear fluid structure interactions in complex sea states.

Besides being a research and development facility, TCOMS also acts as a platform to train and nurture upcoming talent in the marine and offshore industry, ensuring the industry’s sustainability and growth.