SDARI and ABS to bring 3D ship design models into class approval process

The Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) has signed a Joint Development Project (JDP) agreement with classification society ABS, to explore how 3D models could be applied to help streamline the ship design class approval process.    

The JDP will develop a process for ingesting SDARI’s own 3D models into software systems supported by classification societies to allow for 3D model-based class reviews.

“Model-based design is the future of ship design, and SDARI has been working on the integrated 3D design platform for over ten years and is completely prepared for diving into 3D design mode,” said Lu Li, SDARI Vice President.

“We are happy to work together with ABS on this challenging task and look forward to submitting the 3D model directly for class approval.”

The JDP will aim to accommodate fully digital design methods in the class review process, building on a recent successful pilot project using 3D digital models for class surveys to allow those models to be integrated into engineering and survey activities.

“Together, ABS and SDARI are designing the next generation of classification. We are exploring how to move beyond paper-based models for review into a digital future which not only offers a streamlined process but enhanced safety for the industry,” said Dan Cronin, ABS Vice President, Standards and Digital Class.

“When you combine this with other recent advances by ABS in the field of 3D models, it is clear that ABS is leading the way in the development of digital class.”

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