Lloyd’s Register and A*STAR IHPC Open Joint Laboratory to Pursue R&D on Technical Innovations in the Energy and Marine Industries
SINGAPORE, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Lloyd’s Register (LR) and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) have
officially opened a joint laboratory, which will deliver innovative technological
solutions to address the challenges faced by the marine, energy and offshore sectors.
This initiative is realised as part of LR’s US$35million investment in its Global
Technology Centre (GTC) set up in Singapore in 2012. It is also pursued under LR’s
agreement with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to collaborate on
R&D projects as a key part of the centre’s activities.
The joint laboratory will leverage on IHPC’s capabilities in computational fluid
dynamics (CFD)  and engineering mechanics  to develop computational modelling and
simulation, and bespoke technical solutions for businesses in the marine, energy and
offshore sectors. Some of the joint projects, which rely on numerical modelling using CFD
tools, include wave-in-deck impact analysis on offshore structures, floating offshore wind
turbines’ operating in deep water areas and the enhancing of virtual wave tank and deep
ocean basin capabilities .
Both the joint laboratory and IHPC are co-located within A*STAR premises at
Fusionopolis to facilitate close and seamless exchanges between researchers from both
parties. Over 10 researchers are now carrying out projects in the laboratory. Dr. Claus
Myllerup, Senior Vice President of Energy Technology and Managing Director of LR’s
Singapore GTC, and Professor Alfred Huan, Executive Director of A*STAR IHPC, jointly
officiated the opening .
“This opening of the Joint Lab with IHPC is an important step in realising our global
technological vision of creating a long-term centre of excellence for technology,
innovation and research. The end result will not only benefit Singapore, but also our
industry and society as a whole. The encouraging progress we are making with A*STAR and on
the various collaborative agreements we have in place with NUS and NTU (Energy Research
Institute @ NTU or Eri@n) prove that setting up our Global Technology Centre here was the
right choice,” said Dr. Claus Myllerup.
“We have received encouraging feedback from clients who recognise the strength of
joint capabilities we have obtained by bringing together subject matter experts from
across LR and appreciate that we are recruiting young and bright talents to work on
industry-relevant research projects with us as part of their PhD studies. Equally
importantly, our work is also enabling us to engage local Small and Medium sized
Enterprises (SMEs), either as partners in joint industry projects or suppliers of specific
services. This is helping to further improve the technological infrastructure of the local
offshore and marine sector. Singapore GTC is part of a global R&D network which comprises
the LR GTC at the University of Southampton coupled with 48 other Lloyd’s Register
Foundation-sponsored academic and technical institutions. Such a strong global network not
only enables us to acquire vast global knowledge and expertise, but also remain
sufficiently versatile to act locally,” added Dr. Myllerup.
Said Prof Alfred Huan, “The investments by Lloyd’s Register in the GTC is a major
boost for R&D activities in our marine and offshore sector, which will translate into
opportunities for more value-add and business to our local partners. IHPC is excited to
embark on joint projects with Lloyd’s Register, being a leading authority on safety in the
global energy and maritime arenas. We are confident that our strengths in modeling and
simulation, combined with LR’s expertise in these domains, will catalyse innovations and
ideas to benefit the industry on the whole and present development mileage to companies to
equip themselves for new challenges in these sectors.”
Singapore’s marine and offshore industry has grown significantly over the last few
years, recording an output increase of more than 30% from 2006 to 2011, contributing to
5.8% of Singapore’s manufacturing output.
A*STAR’s cooperation with Lloyd’s Register, the world’s first classification society,
provides a strategic platform to develop key research capabilities in this important
About Lloyd’s Register
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capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors. We enhance the safety
of life, property and the environment by helping our clients to ensure the quality
construction and operation of critical infrastructure. The parent entity of the Lloyd’s
Register group is a charity, Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Its operating company, Lloyd’s
Register Group Limited, generates the profits that fund its public benefit activities.
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About the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)
As a national research institute supported by A*STAR through its Science and
Engineering Research Council (SERC), the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)
was established in April 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a
strategic resource for scientific inquiry and industry development. IHPC seeks to power
discoveries through advanced methodologies, techniques and new tools in modelling,
simulation and visualisation. Its core research areas are in the realm of complex-coupled
systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, large-scale systems, digital modelling, adaptive
and collaborative computing, data mining and analysis, computational electronics and
electromagnetics, computational materials science and chemistry.
For more information about IHPC, please visit http://www.ihpc.a-star.edu.sg.
About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public
sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic
growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven
economy. In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and
development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and
catalysing new growth industries.
A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and
industrial capital to its partners in industry.
A*STAR oversees 20 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research
entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their vicinity. These two R&D
hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists
and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of corporate
For more information about A*STAR, please visit http://www.a-star.edu.sg.
1. LR’s Singapore Group Technology Centre (GTC) has been renamed to Global Technology
2. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a field of fluid mechanics which predicts
physical fluid flows and heat transfer using computational methods and numerical
algorithm. High performance computers are normally used to achieve better and faster
modeling solutions to complex geometry and complex physics phenomena defined by boundary
3. The core capability of Engineering Mechanics (EM) is the applications of mechanics
principles in combination with modeling and simulation as tools to deal with problems that
involve static, dynamic and failure behavior of engineering materials and structures.
4. Refer to Annex A: Lloyd’s Register-A*STAR/IHPC project collaboration highlights
(*Note to Editors: Annex A is for media info only to facilitate subject understanding, NOT
5. Refer to Annex B: LR-IHPC Joint Laboratory Opening photos (with captions)
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