To address these challenges, Heinen & Hopman and Ciphix joined forces to develop the “Commissioning App”, built based on Mendix low code technology. This application transformed the way the company manages and validates climate control systems before a vessel is delivered to the customer.
The App’s Minimum Viable Product (MVP) focused on the airside part of climate control system balancing. This refers to balancing and optimising air flows. This process ensures that the right amount of air is delivered to the right places in a vessel or space.
The air-side part involves adjusting various components of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, such as the air diffusers, air handling units and dampers, to ensure that there is optimum air distribution.
The next step is digitising the waterside part, which focuses on balancing the water flowing through the heating or cooling system.
The Commissioning App allows engineers to select specific projects via the app on tablets and easily navigate through different areas on board. This digital platform also allows them to capture and analyse detailed measurements of air pressure in pipe systems. Any adjustments required to ensure optimal performance can be noted directly through the app. These changes are recorded, reviewed and approved.
This project was made a success by a close collaboration of end-users with Design and App developers in a scrum team.