CCS and NAPA create joint software interface for data exchange

China Classification Society (CCS) has worked with maritime software company NAPA, owned by ClassNK, to create a new joint interface between NAPA Steel and CCS’s COMPASS-SDP application that will support improved data exchange for designers, engineers and class societies.

The move aims to optimise the design and rule check process through the use of 3D models created in NAPA Steel, making class approval more efficient. 3D structural models can be exported to a data format for 2D hull structure models – ‘SSD-2D’ – which can then be imported and processed on COMPASS SDP for further rule calculations. 

“The need of the hour across maritime is for greater collaboration for safer and greener ships of the future,” said Mikko Kuosa, Chief Executive Officer, NAPA.

“Re-shaping the traditional dynamics between engineers, designers and classification societies, and enhancing co-operation, NAPA is proud to be driving change across the industry through the use of 3D models.”

“As the industry’s digital capabilities grow, this project with CCS is an important step towards accelerating the adoption of 3D model-based approval and furthering our commitment to a more agile and collaborative process between all parties.”

As part of the project’s first phase, the interface will cover longitudinal structure members as well as geometries and scantling information such as plate thickness, material, and stiffener profiles. This is in addition to other ship data relevant to rule calculation such as frame system, principal particulars, hull girder loads, and compartment data.

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