Industrial groups innovating with the first 3D classification process

Bureau Veritas, Naval Group and Dassault Systèmes have joined forces to invent 3D classification, based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Bureau Veritas, Naval Group and Dassault Systèmes have joined forces to invent 3D classification, based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The aim is to reduce the time and cost involved in reviewing new vessel designs and to improve data accuracy and traceability using digital continuity. To ensure that vessels comply with safety and environmental regulations before they take to the water, their designs and production facilities are tested, inspected and certified by independent classification companies such as Bureau Veritas, the world leader in this area.

To improve on the standard vessel classification process, which is based on 2D plans, Bureau Veritas, Naval Group and Dassault Systèmes decided to find innovative ways of collaborating in order to become more competitive in their respective areas. This resulted in them being the first to apply a 3D classification process to a top-level military vessel – a defense and intervention frigate – for the French Navy. The process was developed using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and uses a single 3D model that allows digital information to be exchanged, improves collaboration and reduces the number of iterations needed in the design review process in order to achieve classification. All comments and iterations can be tracked, taken into account and revised in real time.

A major step forward

The collaborative project combines the expertise of Bureau Veritas in ship classification, of Naval Group in designing and building military vessels at the leading edge of technology, and of Dassault Systèmes in 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up solutions and lifecycle management. The 3D model integrates completely with the Bureau Veritas suite of modeling and calculation software. The collaboration represents a major step forward in modeling in relation to the ship classification calculations performed during naval defense design and construction, and in the marine industry’s digital transformation


  • Naval Group is a leading European player in naval defense. It designs, produces and maintains surface ships and submarines for the navies of France and other countries.
  • Bureau Veritas is a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, employing 77,000 people in more than 1,500 offices and laboratories across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering innovative solutions to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes comply with standards and regulations.

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