ABS certifies software integration on third Rowan drillship

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Completion of the Rowan Reliance drillship marks the third delivery of high-specification units built at HHI using the ABS ISQM process.

This newbuild, the third in a series for global offshore drilling contractor Rowan Companies built in the Hyundai Heavy Industries yard in Ulsan, South Korea, joins sister ships Rowan Renaissance and Rowan Resolute as the next high-specification drillship to earn the ABS Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM) notation.

ABS says ISQM addresses the challenge of making sure the many pieces of software that enable efficient operations of the rig are able to maintain reliable communications by providing a framework for coordinating and controlling the way software development, integration, and maintenance are managed throughout the life of the equipment.

HHI will follow the ISQM process in the construction of the final drillships in the four-unit series, the Rowan Relentless, which is to be completed in 2Q 2015.

“ABS is the only class society that has classed drilling equipment and other essential marine equipment with a software notation that addresses software quality during construction, at delivery and into operations,” says Paul Walters, ABS Manager.

“Working with ABS and Rowan Companies on this project has allowed HHI to develop a knowledge base that allows us to offer experience with a new process that will benefit not only Rowan but other clients that choose to take advantage of the ISQM process,” says Sang-Sik Yoon, ISQM Team Leader, HHI.


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