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ABS and LR in CSR software joint venture

A joint venture company has been formed by ABS and Lloyds Register (LR) to launch their latest software tools for the IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR), which entered into force on 1 July 2015.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Common Structural Rules Software LLC will offer version 2.5 of the CSR Prescriptive Analysis and the new CSR Finite Element (FE) Analysis software, based on input from both ABS and LR. The application allows for assessment of whole vessel structures, including new bulk carrier and oil tanker designs. Both class societies will use these new tools to evaluate new designs to the CSR.

“This software constitutes a new industry standard,” said ABS chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki.

“In our collaboration as two of the world’s leading class societies, we continue to achieve our primary objective to enable the advancement of the maritime industry through reliable and dependable software applications.”

The CSR Prescriptive Analysis software turns user input data into useful output information, including a summary report with required and offered scantlings, with a graphic representation of any deficiencies.

An intermediate report summarises dominant criteria for each structure, and a detailed report provides data for every parameter value.

Nearly 500 licences have been issued for the software prior to the production release.

“I am pleased that the strategy laid out more than a decade ago is achieving our objectives,” said LR Marine director Tom Boardley.

“Following the development of the CSR in 2005, LR and ABS quickly realised that only common software would support the industry desire for common scantlings, and our CSR Software tools had become widely used.”

“With the introduction of the new Common Structural Rules, we have developed a completely new generation of CSR software that will enable shipbuilders and shipowners to easily and consistently address the requirements of the new IACS Rules.”{/mprestriction}

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