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NAPA and NDES to link ship design software systems

NAPA and Japanese maritime software development firm NTT Data Engineering Systems (NDES) have announced a collaboration project to work on ship design and manufacturing support systems, with the aim of streamlining the vessel building process through the application of technology.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}NAPA and NDES say that they will initially develop interface modules to enable 3D data linkage between NAPA’s structural design software, NAPA Steel, and NDES’s 3D ship structure viewing software, Beagle. NAPA Steel supports basic ship structural design, while Beagle supports production planning and design review using 3D models.

It is currently possible to study production in Beagle using 3D data created with 3D-CAD tools at the production design stage, however this new collaboration should allow users to conduct production reviews earlier, at the initial design stages, to optimise designs and ultimately reduce production costs.

“NDES has a long history of strong expertise in the discipline of ship production design, whereas NAPA is in the leading position in ship initial and basic design. We believe that expanding the usage of NAPA product models to cover production planning, not just early stage design, will benefit ship designers by improving collaboration between different design departments,” said Ilmo Kuutti, president of NAPA Group.{/mprestriction}

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