We are excited to announce that we have launched the Naval Architect Sandbox! Why it's…
Change is the essence of innovation and the engine of invention. Significant changes occur frequently, especially in the early stages of ship design. They must be managed seamlessly and effortlessly by all members of the complex project environment. In this way, the topological ship model helps to improve efficiency in ship design.
Naval Architect’s vision is to maximize efficiency and reliability in early design stages through our original integrated solution. Our web-based cloud platform is designed to collaborate via a shared digital topological ship model. All geometry is ‘aware’ of its surroundings and adapts to changes made by the user. Changes can be made in a separate version (branch) of the project and easily reviewed by others and merged into the main project stream.
Are you interested in improving efficiency of your ship design workflow and making it error-proof? Then read on!
A real life example
Imagine the usual situation of having to move the engine room bulkhead forward two frames due to newly acquired equipment data. There are also two fresh water tanks in the way, as shown in Figure 1.
The design team will need to review the impact of this change, which will require at least a number of actions, such as:
- Marking the required update on the general arrangement plan (GAP).
- Distribution of the information to the entire project team.
- Calculation of the new volume and COG of fresh water tanks, review total volume of fresh water, review stability model, review weight calculations, etc.
- Presentation of the impact to the team: sending emails with sketches and comments or arranging meetings.
- Discussion of the change with the shipyard, the customer and the ship operator.
- Revision of the GAP, the tank plan, the space identification plan, etc.
How does Naval Architect improve efficiency?
Now let us look at Figure 2, which shows what is required to apply and deploy the above change in Naval Architect.