Conoship recently participated in the Dutch Collaborative Platform for Design and Engineering of Ships (CPDES) research project in which SARC also participates. During the project, a two-way 3D data exchange between PIAS and CADMATIC Hull was created.
In the early design stage, most small and medium-sized shipyards and design offices have difficulty controlling consistency when exchanging the ship’s arrangement and hull data between the 2D General Arrangement (G.A.) plan and stability analysis tools. The exchange of design data is often done manually and it can take days to implement design changes like repositioning decks or bulkheads in the G.A. plan and analyzing the effects on the various design calculation applications. Performing damage stability calculations very late in the basic design process, for example, often involves a lot of rework and increased building costs if the design does not fulfil the requirements.
Time-consuming design data exchanges and managing the consistency of design data are designers’ main challenges. Therefore, uniform, modern data exchange interfaces between early design software tools and steel design software tools are very beneficial. With a focus on bulkheads & decks, compartments and piping, SARC created a V1.0 implementation, which covers intensively used data and actions, as well as a comprehensive manual and other instruction materials.