The paper reviews the state of the art of computer based systems which are in current use for ship design and their integration with the production process. The 'major players' in the commercial market are reported to be aligning in a manner which almost preempts evolving models for the open exchange of data. However, the complexity of the user environment ensures that the current demand for openness must be satisfied. The broader aspects of concurrent engineering are discussed against a background of evolving standards for the exchange of product model data. In this context, the benefits of special purpose software as compared with general engineering software are highlighted. It is anticipated that, as a result of international co-operation projects, designers, model tanks and shipyards will, in the near future, have common access to an improved data model for the convenient exchange of ship design information. The paper illustrates the advances which have been made over the past decade with reference to integrated software modules now offering the benefits of applications of significant technical advances. This includes such features as multi-window graphics and highly interactive processes on a wide variety of hardware platforms which no longer restrict the customers' choice. Major shipyards worldwide are already benefiting, but in addition, computer-based design systems are now a cost-effective option for the smaller shipyards which hitherto would rely upon hand and paper based methods.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PRADS 95, 6th Intl Symposium on Practical Design of Ships and Mobile Units; 17-22 Sept 1995; Seoul, Korea. Procs. Publ by Soc Naval Architects of Korea, ISBN 89-950016-2-3. Vol 2, p 2.1324 [13 p, 11 ref, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Catley, D
    • Koch, T
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00727656
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM