Port of Gdynia Authority SA and a consortium led by HydroBIM sp. z o.o. concluded a contract on 5 August 2022 for the implementation of the Information Management System ‘Digital Twin” of the Port of Gdynia. The undertaking, implemented using BIM technology, is aimed at building an IT system to support effective management of digital information according to the Smart Port concept.
Assumptions of the Digital Twin of the Port of Gdynia project
The aim of the project is to improve the efficiency of port infrastructure management. The project will create a 3D model of the port, including geographical GIS data (including bathymetry) and Port of Gdynia infrastructure objects.
At the heart of the Digital Twin of the Port of Gdynia will be the CDE (Common Data Environment) system, responsible for integrating historical and current data, and managing access to information.
Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. consistently implements the BIM methodology and puts the idea of a Smart Port into reality.
The implementation of an integrated digital information management system aims to improve work efficiency and increase the Port’s national and international competitiveness.
Investor: Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.
It is a state economic entity, established to manage port infrastructure facilities. The Port of Gdynia is one of the largest Baltic ports. The port handles bulk cargo, containers, ro-ro ships and ferry traffic. Its favorable geographical location and developed network of rail and road connections is a major asset of this versatile port, which is a base node of the TEN-T trans-European transport network for the Baltic-Adriatic corridor.
The new investment, the construction of an external port, is intended to increase the handling capacity of the Port of Gdynia. Ships with a length of more than 400 metres and a draught of 16 metres will be able to call at the port. According to forecasts, the new quay will handle transshipments of 300,000 – 1,000,000 TEUs per year in the first few years.
The Port Authority is methodically and effectively implementing its digitalisation policy and the Smart Ports concept, which puts it at the forefront of European ports.
Contractor: Consortium led by HydroBIM (Ltd.)
The implementation of the integrated information management system “Digital Twin of the Port of Gdynia” is the responsibility of the Krakow-based technology company HydroBIM
It is a modern BIM design office, bringing together a team of digital engineers led by Tomasz Rajpold. The company specialises in hydraulic engineering and works for PGW Wody Polskie, Aecom Polska, Sweco Polska, among others. As part of the task, HydroBIM will produce BIM models and design the CDE environment, among other things.
Scan-3d Symon Bloch in the consortium is responsible for providing and updating high quality spatial data as well as inventories and inspections using LiDAR technology.
The BIM Association is a promoter of digital technologies for the construction industry and a content consultant for BIM implementations.
What is the Digital Twin?
A Digital Twin is a virtual model designed to represent a real object. The Digital Twin covers the entire life cycle of an object, and therefore integrates historical and real-time data collected. Through simulation and machine learning, it helps to draw conclusions and supports the decision-making process.
Functions of the Digital Twin by HydroBIM:
- intuitive 3D graphical interface, making it easier to locate and access information
- integration and centralization of internal and external data
- digital workflow
- information security
- inventory and monitoring of port infrastructure
- analyses and simulations
Benefits of implementing a digital twin
- easy data localisation
- efficient data management and access in the cloud
- secure environments for variants, testing and analysis
- readiness to adapt new digital technologies
- improving the safety, efficiency and reliability of processes
- improving competitiveness
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