Marin.
The world’s largest maritime research institute

A single secured portal gives clients world-wide access to their test results and videos

  • Client

    Marin
  • What we did

    Klantportaal
  • The Team

    Full-service Development Squad

Challenge.

MARIN in Wageningen is a maritime research institute, an independent, international research bureau for everything on the water. This ranges from cruise ships, container ships and navy ships, but also offshore, i.e. drilling platforms, windmills, renewables, etc. They have been doing this ever since 1932. MARIN is unique in the Netherlands, even in the world. This is because it is the world’s largest institute in this field. With 400 members of staff, they test 200 ships and other maritime constructions each year. Last November, they even lowered their 10,000th ship model into the test basin.
 
Testing is conducted before construction and is based on the ship’s design. This is pretty important if someone is investing in a new ship, since it will eventually also have to meet statutory requirements and perform as it is meant to. Customers come with specific questions such as: ‘What is the minimal engine weight to achieve an average speed of 25 knots?’ MARIN issues a recommendation based on the results of the tests. The company has six basins in which they test ship models they build themselves to scale.
 
MARIN was looking for a way to provide their customers with faster insight into the research data, with advanced search possibilities and the certainty that everyone's data would be effectively secured.
Scientists want to conduct their research meticulously and for that reason are not always as fast as we might like.
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Deliverables.

  • Faster insight into data
  • Better, faster and validated analyses
  • Better answers
  • Easier advanced searching in all data
  • Fewer physical visits required

Faster insight into research data

Thanks to the portal, other actions can also now be carried out quicker
 

User - Marin Portal

Solution.

Making measurements quickly available for customers around the whole world was one of MARIN's key requirements. This is now possible thanks to Connect Holland's portal. Where previously results could be released after around two weeks, it now takes between fifteen minutes and an hour. Dr Michiel Gunsing, senior Ships Seakeeping project manager at MARIN: ‘Detailing and interpreting the data remains the domain of people. And, consequently, this still takes quite a long time. A couple of weeks, sometimes up to six months. But we have observed that because we needed to streamline our workflow for the portal, this process has also sped up. Suddenly, analyses can be conducted a great deal faster.’

In addition to streamlining the data flows, synchronising all clocks on all computers -accurate to a 1000th of a second - proved a huge challenge. This was necessary to be able to view the measuring results and video synchronously. After MARIN had accomplished this impressive feat, Connect Holland incorporated an external party’s player in the portal. That worked out as well. ‘In addition to all the data, video is an important part of observing what is going on. Also, by putting the videos online, customers no longer need to always come to us to view the results.’

An important condition for the portal was that customers would the able to conduct searches based on all kinds of variables within the data made available to them. An extremely high number of variables, sometimes as many as 150 parameters. Connect Holland was also able to build these options into the system.

And then everything also needed to be secured, because the results of the tests often contain sensitive or coveted data, such as competition or military data. To ensure security, each customer receives their own login credentials with two-way authentication. Everything is stored on separate servers. In some cases, even that is not enough. Some customers want to have the portal supplied to them on a hard disk. This is why Connect Holland has also developed an off-line variant of the portal.

A online portal

Security of sensitive or coveted data

Search functions with an extremely high number of variables

Result.

Perhaps of somewhat secondary importance, but welcome nonetheless, is the fact that for each project the portal can display certain results that customers consider important in a more relevant sequence.
Gunsing: ‘The portal is the front door, but the back also needs to be properly designed.’ Implementing Connect Holland’s portal has forced MARIN to examine its own internal processes with a view to improving their synchronicity. Each of the six basins has its own team of dedicated scientists. And they each have their own way of working. ‘Uniformity is required if we are to provide the portal with effective and usable input. You then sometimes need to take a step back in order to take five steps forward. And that is something people find difficult since they are used to their own ways of working. But at the end of the day you will see that it only yields benefits.’

Benefits for MARIN:

  • Better version management
  • Improved tools management
  • Internal streamlining
  • Better service to customers

 

 

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