In the future, the classification of vessels will be automated using a digital model

DIGITREAD is participating in a project called APPROVED. The primary objective of APPROVED is to establish a fully digital workflow between stakeholders, during the basic design process in shipbuilding, eliminating the need for exchanging 2D drawings for design verification. 

The participants of the project are DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society for vessels and mobile offshore units, the Ulstein Group, Rolls Royce Marine, Aveva and Digitread. They will cooperate to develop a 100 per cent digital workflow where the ship designers and approval engineers from DNV GL share a common digital model.

If the project succeeds, the designer at the shipyard can upload their design model to DNV GL where the design will be automatically verified against the DNV GL eRules. The results will be displayed on a 3D model streamed to the designer’s desktop using cloud visualization. This shows the designer which design parameters were not accepted, together with the rules triggering the outcome. Different design versions can be stored under revision control and can be compared to verify the direct consequence due to design changes.

The approval engineer can access the same 3D design model and verify the design information and assumptions across all disciplines. Any comments from the approval engineer are recorded and attached directly to the model. The responsible designers are immediately notified about any new comments and necessary actions and design updates that have been implemented. A revised model will immediately be verified using the cloud service and stored for documentation and later reference.

Reduced time to market, quality and traceability are the main drivers behind a model based on digital workflow between the stakeholders during the design stage.

  • We look forward to collaborating with Ulstein in preparing the models and substrates that are necessary to make this project successful based on the technology Digitread represents. DNV GL will gain many benefits, including earlier engagement in ship design projects. The entire ship design process and the classification will be much more comprehensive and streamlined, says Helge Kjeilen who is the Chair of Digitread.
  • It is with pride and humility that we participate in this project where we will collaborate with the leading players in ship design and classification. I think the reason why we have been chosen is due to the strong position we have built up in the marine market, Kjeilen asserts.

The deployment of these technologies in shipping may be considered revolutionary: It involves the redefinition of how classification and design are run, requiring a shift from conventional practices based on manual analysis and, often, on personal judgment, to digital information, more transparent and automated procedures and shared platforms. Hence, the project is very important to demonstrate the feasibility of the underlying idea and to understand and overcome the challenges related to the implementation of the planned innovation in the business world.

PUBLISHED: May 31st 2016