Damen completes first vessel design using solely 3D modelling

Damen Engineering has announced the completion of its first vessel design to be entirely created, reviewed and class-approved using 3D models, a project carried out in collaboration with classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) and maritime software provider NAPA.

The 2500 m3 dredger is the first Damen vessel concept to receive BV certification using 3D model-based classification approval (3D MBA) – a process through which class societies review and approve designs using 3D models rather than 2D drawings, the current norm.

Following this successful implementation of the 3D process Damen has confirmed that it is already being applied to further designs, including a 1000 m3 and a 4000 m3 hopper dredger.

This first approval follows a partnership between NAPA and Bureau Veritas to implement 3D model-based approvals using a neutral OCX file format generated by NAPA Designer, which enables BV to perform its prescriptive rule checks and calculations utilising its in-house tools MARS and VeriSTAR Hull.

“From the outset, 3D model-based approval has delivered on its promises, helping our teams save valuable time,” said Kasia Romantowska, Managing Director of Damen Engineering Gdansk, part of the Offshore and Specialized Vessels Division of the Damen Group.

“We have been using NAPA’s 3D design tools for a long time and being able to go through classification reviews and approval on the same 3D model is a game-changer. Now, all stakeholders in the design process have access to a single, reliable and real-time source of information and this is key to facilitate communication and limit the risk of errors.”

“For Damen Shipyards Group, deploying 3D MBA is also an example of our constant commitment to innovation and this move will help us deliver the safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable ships that will help our clients achieve their goals, whether it is to reduce their environmental footprint or improve their performance.”

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