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Japanese yards implement 3D software

Japanese shipyard group Shin Kurushima Dockyard Company Limited (SKDY) has implemented the Intergraph SmartMarine 3D software system for use in the production phase of its ship projects.

The system will be used to manage various parts of the production process, including early, detail and manufacturing design, as well as fabrication planning.

SKDY had previously chosen to standardise its operations on SmartMarine 3D and has now successfully incorporated its specific requirements into the software package, which are fully automated across its production processes.

SKDY is the first shipyard in Japan to implement SmartMarine 3D for the production stage, using its own built-in, automated rules, and will in future use SmartMarine3D for all ship production, starting with its flagship shipyard, Onishi, and then expanding to all its other shipyards: HashiHama, Kochi, Toyohashi and Higashihiroshima.

“SmartMarine 3D’s rule-based, automated technology fits with our sophisticated design,” said Isshin Fuji, managing officer general manager of the ship design department at SKDY.

“As we continue to customise SmartMarine 3D and build our technical strength, the Intergraph solution’s advanced capabilities and workshare feature enable us to share our technical expertise and know-how with the newer generation of engineers. This ensures that we maintain our leading position in a highly competitive global shipbuilding market.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, also commented that “SKDY is one of the world’s most productive shipyards and is a pioneer in the Japanese shipbuilding industry.”

“SKDY is yet again a leader with its latest technological advances through the use of Intergraph SmartMarine 3D. We are honoured to support SKDY in the implementation of SmartMarine 3D for production of real ship projects. SmartMarine 3D will deliver enhanced safety, quality and productivity for SKDY’s global ship projects.”

News of this deployment was followed by another Intergraph announcement that it is to consolidate its SmartPlant 3D, SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition software packages into a single solution called Smart 3D, slated for commercial release later this year.

Beta testing for Smart 3D will begin from mid-June 2013 and will involve several Intergraph clients, as well as participants in Intergraph’s Agile software development process, as key stakeholders.

The 2014 version of Smart 3D will include Upgraded Model Data Reuse (MDR) capabilities to enable users to reuse FEED or old designs with different specifications. Orthographic drawings are automatically copied and updated.

Enhanced 3D Interop capabilities will also enable the use of 3D data from multiple foreign CAD systems in conjunction with native Smart3D models, to allow for real-time clash reports, view filtering and combined foreign-native orthographic drawings and reports.

64-bit clash detection will additionally be included.

Mr Sallinger commented that, “Intergraph continues to invest heavily in our world-leading 3D solution, and we do it in conjunction with our clients.”

“Having many of our customers involved in the beta testing of Smart 3D 2014 provides them with real-world exposure ahead of the commercial release and ensures that this next-generation solution will meet their safety, quality and productivity needs for many years to come.”

“While other vendors merely give their outdated products a new look and feel, Intergraph invests in breakthrough technology.”

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