To provide a better user experience for customers and outdistance competitors, Finnish naval architecture and engineering firm Deltamarin opted for the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes (3DS) for design and documentation creation. Today, customers can rely on Deltamarin for cost-efficient and sustainable designs as well as documents that are easy to understand.
Deltamarin is a company of fi rsts. In 1986, the fi rst 3D model for an engine room and piping was created in the naval design business. In 1994, it developed the fi rst 3D model for an entire ship. In 2005 Deltamarin developed the fi rst 3D integrated model for a fl oating production, storage and offl oading (FPSO) unit. And in 2012 Deltamarin, along with shipowner P&O Ferries and the shipyard STX Finland, won the ShipPax award for their implementation of the safe return to port (SRTP) procedures in two sister ferries – the Spirit of Britain and the Spirit of France. A world first.
“We were the naval architects for these two vessels,” Leif Baarman, Safety Engineer at Deltamarin Concept Development Department, explained. “From the very beginning of the design process, we incorporated the SRTP rules, as specifi ed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Our role was to coordinate the SRTP implementation with the shipyard responsible for building the vessel, and to develop the training scenarios and safety reference manuals for the ship’s crew. We relied on 3DVIA Composer, part of Dassault Systèmes’ (3DS) 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, to develop a training application that walks the crew through the safety procedures so that they are prepared if and when a crisis situation occurs.”
SRTP rules require that certain systems remain operational for a safe return to port with basic services provided in the event a ship runs into problems. “Systems should be designed and installed in such a way that even if the ship loses certain compartments or spaces it will still have the most important or essential systems available with propulsion, navigation, electrical production, and some of the passenger accommodations and comfort systems operational until the ship safely returns to port,” Baarman said. “It is a question of always keeping an alternative solution available.”
The IMO requires that a SRTP assessment be made during the design phase and that the resulting report be submitted to the authorities. Based on a 3D ship model designed in CATIA, the 3DS application for virtual product design and part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Deltamarin performs this assessment by rendering out of order one system at a time, for example, a pipe route, and checking to see if the counterpart system still works.
“We used 3DVIA Composer to represent the results of each assessment and the resulting presentations form the framework for the support documentation that was submitted to the ship’s owner – P&O Ferries – for use by the crew,” Baarman explained. “The ship’s crew can easily understand 3DVIA documentation, which is in 3D. This is essential in emergency situations when they need to quickly fi nd what valve to close or what pumps to start,” Baarman said.
3DVIA gives Deltamarin an opportunity to differentiate its offering from that of its competitors. A fl exible content authoring platform, 3DVIA Composer is capable of providing a complete package for Deltamarin customers that is comprised of 2D drawings, 3D models and all associated documentation. “Most customers expect 2D drawings because that is what they are used to,” Esa Jokioinen, Manager, Concept and Development at Deltamarin, said. “While 2D drawings are still mandatory, we have already had feedback from our customers saying that they appreciate the 3D aspect as well,” Jokioinen said.
Whether in design or documentation, 3DS technology has enabled us to be more effi cient and innovative, and to bring added value to our customers. Through innovation, we hope to set new standards.
With over 20 years of marine design experience, Deltamarin is widely recognized for its ability to overcome complex design challenges. “Customers come to us when they have a challenging design task and they need our expertise,” Jokioinen said. “In fact, if it fl oats, we know Deltamarin can design it.” A longtime user of CATIA, Deltamarin is especially good at designing fuel-effi cient vessels that enable shipowners to sustainably cut operating costs. “This is illustrated with our new set of state of the art standard bulker designs, which we designed using CATIA,” he said.
“As a matter of fact, a vast majority of our design work, already in the conceptual phase, is done in 3D, which is something no one else on the market is doing today,” Jokioinen said. “This difference is a defi nite competitive advantage for us. For example, working in 3D is a big help when the geometry is complex or when we need to optimize the way we position the engine or various systems in the compartment of the vessel. Interferences are eliminated upstream and feasibility is verifi ed before the ship contract is placed,” he said. “This considerably reduces risks both for the shipowner as well as for the shipyard.”
Deltamarin places a great deal of importance on building close working relationships with its customers when developing a vessel. Good communication ensures that the result is perfectly aligned with customer expectations. “Our customers not only appreciate being an integral part of the design process, but also that their participation is valued and a necessary part of the product,” Jokioinen said. “And we feel that we get the best feedback this way. It is a win-win situation.” 3D is an integral part of Deltamarin’s effort to facilitate communication with customers. “The quality of our deliverables is improved. By presenting our designs to our customers in 3D, the product is better illustrated than if we were to use conventional 2D drawings only. It promotes and facilitates cooperation,” Jokioinen said. “To be competitive, we not only need to do old things in a new way, but also to fi nd completely new ways of approaching the earliest stages of a ship’s design process using the advanced design tools we have.”
Using the latest technologies for sophisticated 3D modeling and documentation from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has helped Deltamarin provide its customers with designs optimized for cost effi ciency and sustainability. “Whether in design or documentation, 3DS technology has enabled us to be more effi cient and innovative, and to bring added value to our customers. Through innovation, we hope to set new standards,“ Jokioinen concluded. And to continue to be a company of firsts.
Deltamarin is a naval architecture and engineering firm that specializes in consulting, design and engineering of vessels and other fl oating structures for the marine and offshore industry worldwide
Products: Services such as concept, basic and detailed design and workshop drawings for newbuilding and conversion projects. Contracting services including project management and procurement.
Revenue: € 30 Million
Headquarters: Raisio, Finland
For more information www.deltamarin.com