Developing a new ship project, whether it is a variation of an existing design or an entirely new concept, requires an integrated approach. Typically, the time available to develop a proposal that satisfies not only the customer (ship owner) but also complies with classification and safety rules is extremely limited. Yet the design must have enough details and information to minimize unknown factors that may impact the cost of producing such a ship or vessel.
Dassault Systèmes (3DS)' Ship Concept / General Arrangement solution enables marketing, design, manufacturing and critical suppliers to define a new product collaboratively. Shipbuilders are discovering that 3D digital mockup tools produce superior results over 2D drawing approaches. Digital mockups help partners communicate and visualize complex areas. DS digital manufacturing solution enables the seamless interchange between manufacturing and design engineers. 3D has become the communication medium for business today and tomorrow. For engineers, managers and customers to see a digital model and lifecycle simulation of a ship before production begins is not only an unforgettable experience but essential to eliminate miscommunication and errors.
DS provides applications that link system specification and mission requirements to serve as efficient tools for developing the ship’s basic layout in a safe and efficient way. Ship hull forms can be imported from industry applications such as NAPA or FastShip. They also can be designed using the advanced surface modeling capability found in the 3D modeler of CATIA.
Thanks to CATIA, we no longer need to create detailed prototypes. We can implement innovative design ideas faster and have reduced overall production time by 30%.
Angelos Protopsaltis Technical Director, Planatech