American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Products and Services SGUP-CT ABS Digitalization Learning Program


A SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Program - Company Training (SGUP-CT) for Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents Only


Modeling and Simulation of Systems


Program Overview

As more and more industries adopt digital technologies, stakeholders are faced with increasingly complex challenges of a product lifecycle. Advances in automation, digitalization, and system design have placed high demands on industries to adopt new tools and skills to accommodate these emerging challenges. Computer-based modeling and simulation, as an essential component of digital transformation, is one of the most effective methods to address system complexities and performance in the maritime, aerospace, electronics, transportation and energy industries. The ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems is designed to teach and empower participants to deploy modeling and simulation strategies and techniques by developing valuable skill sets with hands-on training to support career development.

As part of the program, trainees will also be provided career development counseling to support pursuit of future employment opportunities. ABS is expanding its modeling and simulation team and may (not guaranteed) offer job opportunity to selected trainees.

Course Objectives

This program provides trainees with the skill set necessary for using computer-based modeling and simulation in analysis, design, testing, verification, and sustainment of complex maritime products and systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will acquire the knowledge and techniques to build models of typical maritime systems using leading commercial software (e.g., Siemens Amesim) and hardware-in-the-loop system (e.g. Typhoon HiL), and use them in the lifecycle of those systems for various purposes such as concept selection, design optimization, carbon footprint evaluation, reliability and interoperability evaluation, and process optimization.  

Focus Areas and Skill Sets

  • Modeling and Simulation of Typical Systems (e.g., marine systems)
  • Industry-Leading Software Application (e.g., Siemens Amesim)
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, and Data Analytics
  • Concept and Deployment of a Digital Twin


Modeling and Simulation (M&S) allows for a virtual representation of a physical asset that can be analyzed, configured, and tested in a safe and cost effective way. By employing multi-domain, physics-based simulation models, engineers can assess the performance and reliability of complex computer-based systems, evaluate various system designs, and validate system configurations through testing. The following are some examples where modeling and simulation can be applied:

Carbon reduction analysis of vessels in accordance with energy efficiency standards from the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Ship routing optimization

Testing and validation of controllers of a computer-based system in a virtual environment

Application of new green technologies onboard vessels


Explore the Possibilities.

Possible JOB ROLES

Trainees who complete the program are equipped to work as a Modeling and Simulation Engineer, Systems Integration & Testing Engineer, Product Designer, Technical Lead, Product Manager, and Project Manager.

Course Arrangement

The SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) Program: ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems consists of four (4) modules.

Module 1: Fundamentals of Marine Systems  

This course section covers the following areas in 36 hours of classroom training:

  • Overview of current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the maritime industry
  • Introduction to the basic principles and practices of marine engineering

Module 2: Modeling and Simulation Principles and Applications

This course section covers the following areas in 96 hours of classroom training:

  • Basics of modeling and simulation of systems.
  • Practical skills using industry-leading software application (e.g., Siemens Amesim) and hardware-in-the-loop system (e.g., Typhoon HiL). 
  • Modeling and simulation tasks for various typical systems (e.g., 1D Mechanical, Electric Motors, Drives and Hybrids, Propulsion Architecture and Decarbonization, Control System, Virtual Testing, and Realtime Simulations)

Module 3: Internet of Things, Industry Robotics, and Machine Learning

This course section covers the following areas in 84 hours of classroom training:

  • Digitalization fundamentals in industry 4.0 (e.g., Internet-of-Things, Machine Learning, Robotics, and enablers of digital twin)
  • Data analytics skills for coping with outcomes of modeling and simulation

Module 4: Attachment

In the final course section, participants complete 284 hours in hands-on projects designed to:

  • Digest the knowledge taught through hands-on projects and discussions with the training team and specialists
  • Enable trainees to blend and apply the skills learned to tackle future challenges

Course Schedule - Where & When

The training program will last seven (7) months with a total of 500 hours including both classroom and attachment trainings.

We offer three (3) parallel classes for up to a total of 60 participants. Each class can accommodate up to 20 participants. Tentative dates are:

1st Class: Starts June 14, 2021 and ends Jan. 14, 2022; Featured training room (To be confirmed) and Nanyang Polytechnic

2nd Class: Starts June 21, 2021 and ends Jan. 21, 2021; Featured training room (To be confirmed) and Nanyang Polytechnic

3rd Class: Starts June 28, 2021 and ends Jan. 28, 2021; Featured training room (To be confirmed) and Nanyang Polytechnic


The Minimum Qualification Required is a diploma in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) domain or equivalent working experience.

The target trainees are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents excluding those who:

a) Graduated or graduating in Calendar Year (CY) 2019 to 2021 (inclusive of both years) from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions; and

b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in paragraph a) and completed or completing their National Service (NS) in CY 2019 to 2021 (inclusive of both years) and are entering the labor force. 

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about how to apply for participation in the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) Program:  ABS Digitalization Learning Program – Modeling and Simulation of Systems?  Simply submit the form below, and a member of our program team will contact you to provide additional details.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Reference Readings

We invite you to visit our website at for useful information on digitalization, decarbonization, and for modeling and simulation use cases and successes stories.  Here are some specific links for your reference:

·         Webinar: Utilizing Simulation to Achieve Your Decarbonization Goals

·         Marine Sustainability

·         Offshore Sustainability - Online Resource

·         Digital Innovation

·         Smart Functionality for Marine and Offshore Assets