Innovation – new and improved technologies – will be critical in meeting the needs of our growing, and increasingly urbanised, population and to cope with the environmental challenges in the decades ahead.
Lloyd’s Register has supported the development of new concepts and technologies for more than 250 years and now our global technology centres (GTCs) play a major role in supporting this.
To maintain our position as a leading global provider of services, we need to keep at the forefront of technology and increasingly understand the fundamental science and academic analysis behind new technologies. Through this we can assess the risk of new technology before it is applied to engineering solutions, helping to ensure that people are safe and that essential assets perform as required.
The GTCs are not our only current commitment to innovation. At any time Lloyd’s Register has dozens of joint industry projects (JIP) under way which provide a rapid route to innovation. The best JIPs are ones in which certifier, manufacturer, designer and operator all work together to achieve a mutual goal of developing a ‘market-driven’ design that is future proofed as far as possible. Lloyd’s Register, as the certification or class provider, is able to ensure awareness of rules, regulations and codes that need to be applied to the design at the earliest stage. If all parties work together the owners gain access to a design that meets their expectations and the manufacturers are able to offer a product that suits the market.
A history of innovation
- In 1835, we stipulated the ships we classed must have freeboard (the distance from the waterline to the upper deck) of three inches for every foot depth of hold. This ‘Lloyd’s Rule’ was being used more than 50 years before load lines became compulsory.
- We played an important part in the design and construction of the world’s first full-scale nuclear power plant, Calder Hall, which opened in 1956 in the UK.
- In the late 1960s, as the quest for gas and oil turned to the rough conditions of the North Sea, we led the way in the assessment of environmental loading and other factors in relation to deep-sea steel and concrete platforms.