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Alabama Shipyard Buys Senermar's FORAN CAD/CAM System

Senermar, the Spanish firm of naval architects, has won the first license in the U.S. for its CAD/CAM system for ship design and production, FORAN Version 3.0. The company has licensed the system to Alabama Shipyard, a subsidiary of Atlantic Marine Holdings Co. of Jacksonville, Fla. The award is an outgrowth of Alabama Shipyard's efforts to become a world-competitive commercial shipyard, an aspiration that seems attainable in light of the agreement it has reached with Dannebrog Reederi for three chemical carriers. That agreement is subject to Title XI financing, which is expected to be approved in the near future. The license also comes on the heels of Senermar's recent FORAN license to the French shipyard Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre. Alabama Shipyard reportedly decided on the FORAN system after an extensive evaluation of all main CAD/CAM systems currently available, including exhaustive benchmarks in different countries. Training in the use of all FORAN's features has been carried out, and the program is expected to be put to active use in the very near future.

This most recent version of FORAN was released in the beginning of 1993 and has now been implemented in 32 shipyards worldwide. Counting all versions of FORAN, the system has been implemented in 120 yards across 21 countries. Senermar Develops New Module For CAD/CAM System Senermar has developed a new module for Foran V30, its CAD/CAM/CAE system for ship design and production. The new module, devoted to modeling and positioning of general outfitting structures, is part of Senermar's continuous development of the Foran CAD/CAM system, which, in all of its versions, is now licensed for use in 120 shipyards in 21 countries. The objective of the new module is the modeling and positioning of general outfitting structures like foundations and supports. The design is carried out in a fully interactive 3-D graphic environment, where it can be used as reference to any item available in the zone, such as structural elements, equipment or piping.

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