Low-code Mendix applications for the Marine industry

The processes of designing, engineering, constructing and servicing a ship and their components are becoming increasingly complex and more integrated at the same time.


The ultimate goal is to continuously improve the designs based on insights into the performance of operational ships and their components. Low-code Mendix applications and the digital twin help achieve this goal. 

The creation of a modern ship’s digital twin is key to ensuring its extended use. As virtual versions of ships, digital twins can be employed to support a variety of tasks, ranging from understanding the impact of a future deployment to enabling remote service technicians to help address serious malfunctions on ships at sea. With a reliable digital twin, marine engineers can run “what-if” scenarios to diagnose issues virtually before they become physical issues.

That’s not all. During the shipbuilding process, lots of interaction takes place between all stakeholders, such as subcontractors, suppliers, maintenance companies and the customer. Low-code Mendix applications for the marine industry can make a difference in optimizing the designs based on insights into a ship’s performance and specific components.

Shipbuilding on the dock of the bay

When building a ship, many administrative tasks are carried out on board when the vessel is in the dock. Because there often is no internet connectivity, many of these processes are written on paper, which causes a significant administrative burden with people having to redo parts of their work when they get back to their office.

With Mendix, we created a general-purpose template application that can help employees with their tasks when they are on board the ship. In these templates, we display the general arrangement plan of a ship. The user can click on a location on the arrangement plan and start doing the work. Depending on the role, the work can be anything from carrying out inspections to preparing for an inclination test. These templates are specifically designed to work offline on tablet devices.

Low-code app templates for Marine

Complex processes need to be supported by fit-for-purpose applications, specifically designed to use in the marine industry. We have developed different kinds of out-of-the-box templates which are ready to use:

  • Inclination Test Preparation: Gather information about the missing, additional and misplaced weights to determine if an inclination test can take place.
  • Issue Management: Creating issues while onboard and dispatch them to Siemens Teamcenter.
  • Inspections: Carry out inspections on board, syncing them to Teamcenter later. Optionally include integration with noise and vibration measurement devices.
  • Cable Wiring: Automatically create and visualize cable plans.
  • Predictive Maintenance: Monitor the performance of a ship and determine when maintenance of specific components is needed.
  • Shipyard Track & Trace: Keep track of the location of tools, construction materials and other items on the yard.
  • Transmittal Process: Improve communication between subcontractors, suppliers and the yard, lowering the risk of outdated information.
  • Field Services Planning: Automatically plan field service engineers based on SLAs, certifications and availability.

Inclination Test Demo

April 21, 2020
Jethro Borsje