DSME opts for NAPA Steel software

Feb 09 2018

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo (DSME) has selected 3D model-based NAPA Steel software to streamline its design processes.

DSME chose NAPA Steel, due to its enhancement of the ship design process, following an extensive benchmarking process involving multiple vendors. The shipbuilder will use the software at both the initial design stages, where changes are frequent and designs must be changed rapidly – and detailed design stages, where reliability and usability are paramount. 
NAPA Steel has a unique capability to adapt to the ongoing changes in the structure design process driving the shift from 2D to 3D modelling, the company claimed.
The software has been designed to be able to handle rapid design changes while providing detailed and accurate results for each design stage. 
Because NAPA Steel integrates seamlessly with most class software, naval architects and structure designers can use the same model throughout the process of multiple class society rule checks, at stages, such as plan approval drawings, FE (finite element) model generation, and weight calculations, resulting in a considerable reduction in the design period.  
KW Sohn, head of ship business unit, DSME, commented: “One of the main reasons DSME was so impressed with NAPA is that they demonstrated technology that went beyond our expectations, rather than just meeting the minimum requirements. The selection of NAPA Steel marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for our designers. It’s essential that we have the right tools for the job to compete in a market where designers need to react faster than ever in response to complex demands from owners, class societies and international regulators, as they create the ships of the future. NAPA Steel gives us the speed, usability and confidence that our designers need to stay at the leading edge.”
Ilmo Kuutti, NAPA president, added: “The selection of NAPA Steel by yet another world leading shipyard is evidence of a paradigm shift occurring in vessel design. Using 3D models not only speeds up the process of ship design – it also creates software that is easy to learn, fun to use, and unlocks potential for innovation through collaboration at all stages.
”At the same time, it lays the basis for 3D model-based approval processes. Expanding the user base of NAPA Steel to these engineers shows that this is the direction that structure design is heading – and that we are ready to meet that need,” he said.

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