Korean Shipyard DSME Selects NAPA Steel to Transform Ship Design Process
HELSINKI, Finland and GEOJE, South Korea, Mar 7, 2018 – Leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has announced that DSME, one of the world’s leading shipyards, has selected 3D model-based NAPA Steel software to streamline design processes and meet the needs of 21st century naval architects and structure designers.
Center: Ilmo Kuutti, President of NAPA Group (left) shakes hands with Kwan-Won Sohn, Head of Ship Business Unit at DSME after signing the contract in Geoje, South Korea
DSME chose NAPA Steel thanks to its transformative effect on the ship design process, following an extensive benchmarking process involving multiple vendors. DSME will use the software at both the initial design stages, where changes are frequent and designs must be changed rapidly – and detailed design stages, where reliability and usability are paramount. NAPA Steel has a unique capability to adapt to the ongoing changes in the structure design process, driving the shift from 2D to 3D modelling.
NAPA Steel is designed to be lightweight enough to handle rapid design changes while providing detailed and accurate results for each design stage. Its consistent principles, wide domain coverage and finely tuned user experience enable wide use of the models created with the tool, enhancing efficiency and reliability. Because of this, NAPA Steel has a solid track record in the design of structures for complex vessels in segments such as cruise.
Because NAPA Steel integrates seamlessly with most Class software, naval architects and structure designers can use the same model throughout the process of multiple class society rule checks, at stages such as plan approval drawings, FE (Finite Element) model generation, and weight calculations. This means that design time can be considerably reduced.
K. W. Sohn, Head of Ship Business Unit, DSME, commented: “One of the main reasons DSME was so impressed with NAPA is that they demonstrated technology that went beyond our expectations, rather than just meeting the minimum requirements. The selection of NAPA Steel marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for our designers. It’s essential that we have the right tools for the job to compete in a market where designers need to react faster than ever in response to complex demands from owners, class societies and international regulators as they create the ships of the future. NAPA Steel gives us the speed, usability and confidence that our designers need to stay at the leading edge.”
Ilmo Kuutti, President, NAPA, commented: “The selection of NAPA Steel by yet another world leading shipyard is evidence of a paradigm shift occurring in vessel design. Using 3D models not only speeds up the process of ship design – it also creates software that is easy to learn, fun to use, and unlocks potential for innovation through collaboration at all stages.”
At the same time, it lays the basis for 3D model-based approval processes. Expanding the user base of NAPA Steel to these engineers shows that this is the direction that structure design is heading – and that we are ready to meet that need.”
In its nearly 30 years of operation, NAPA has become a global leader in software, services and data analysis for the maritime industry; providing best in class data-led solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations.
NAPA operates globally, with eleven offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. To date, NAPA has nearly 400 user organizations for its design solutions and over 2,500 installations onboard vessels. For more information, visit www.napa.fi.
Since establishment in 1973, DSME has been in the position of the world’s premium shipbuilding and offshore contractor in commercial ship (LNGC, LNG FSRU, VLCC, CONT., etc.), offshore platform, drilling rig, FPSO/FPU, and naval vessel business sector. DSME has overcome a number of challenges by reinforcing our core competencies and concentrating more on developing high-tech products to satisfy clients’ needs. For more information, visit www.dsme.co.kr.