First 3D Classification Process for a Significant Vessel Project

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

November 6, 2018

Matthieu de Tugny (Photo:  Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore)

Matthieu de Tugny (Photo: Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore)

Bureau Veritas, Naval Group and Dassault Systèmes has announced that a 3D classification process has been applied to a significant naval vessel for the first time. 

This marks a major step forward in the design review and calculation modelling required for class approvals in the design and construction of new ships, as well as in the digital transformation of the marine industry.

The collaborative project to develop the concept of 3D classification combines the expertise of Bureau Veritas in testing, inspection and certification; of Naval Group in the design and construction of high technology military vessels; and of Dassault Systèmes in 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management solutions.  Together, the project partners aimed at enabling digital continuity to reduce the time and associated costs spent in design review, and to improve data accuracy and traceability by sharing information more effectively between different project stakeholders.  

The 3D classification process was developed with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.  It uses a single 3D model to enable the exchange of digital information, improve collaboration, and reduce the number of iterations necessary in the classification design review process for approving a design. All comments and iterations can be tracked, acted upon, and reviewed in real time.

The 3D model integrates completely with the Bureau Veritas suite of modelling and calculation software tools.  Bureau Veritas can deliver the classification based on the 3D model of the vessel, and Naval Group can ultimately increase the capability of its products and improve its competitiveness through more innovative processes.  

Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas, Marine & Offshore said, “‘Design review is a very important phase in the process of classification. 3D classification means no more reliance on 2D drawings in the design review process. This will deliver a practical, shared and scalable model to demonstrate the advantages of the digital transformation in the Marine Industry. In a rapidly changing landscape this provides us and our stakeholders with the tools to provide a modern classification service establishing a new ‘State of the Art’ process for classification.”

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