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Darwin inspires evolution of new ship design system

NAPA and C-Job Naval Architects have introduced a new Accelerated Concept Design system to automate the concept stage of the ship design process, using genetic algorithms that apply a Darwinian approach to automatically generate successive ‘generations’ of ship designs, with each new one inheriting the most successful characteristics of its predecessors.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}NAPA notes that this methodology has been successfully deployed in other industries, with organisations like NASA using genetic algorithms to create optimal designs for components such as antennae.

C-Job and NAPA are collaborating on the development of this methodology in the maritime sector, using NAPA’s software and 3D modelling capabilities to generate concept designs.

“The power to automate vital parts of the design process represents a huge step forward for vessel designers,” said Thijs Muller, lead naval architect at C-Job.

“Instead of manually optimising parts of the design process, virtual ‘evolution’ finds the ‘fittest’ designs automatically. This means that designers can be more confident that their designs will deliver the results they need, and gives them back more time to explore new ideas and concepts.”{/mprestriction}

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