NAPA and ClassNK have strengthened their partnership to support the use of 3D models in the ship design approval process. By streamlining data sharing between design and class approval software, this move brings 3D model-based approval one step closer to reality.
As explained, it can also save time and allow designers, engineers, and class societies to collaborate more effectively on vessel designs by using a consistent 3D model throughout. This latest upgrade will also enable closer collaboration between designers and class societies. The new function is currently available for bulk carriers and oil tankers, applying the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT) requirements. The scope will be expanded to more ship types and structures in the future.
Tapio Hulkkonen, Director, Product Management, Design Solutions at NAPA, said:
The use of 3D models throughout the design process of a ship, including for the class approval process, is an integral part of the future of naval architecture. At a time when ship designers and engineers need to innovate rapidly to create more efficient vessels, and continue to raise safety standards, this couldn’t be more important.
Dr. Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer, Director of Rule Development and ICT Division at ClassNK, said:
As the capabilities of 3D computer-aided design software improve, we see an acceleration in the use of 3D technologies in the shipbuilding industry.
Today’s announcement builds on previous collaboration with partners on a study to facilitate the class approval process using 3D models, ClassNK noted.
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