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SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 29, 2015

FORAN seminar in Wuhan

FORAN seminar in Wuhan


The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been promoting the FORAN System for many years.Through the seminar, important new enhancements in its shipbuilding CAD/CAM System FORAN, SENER (Shanghai) hopes to bolster confidence of existing customers and arouse more interest among the potential customers for FORAN system.

Xinlin Zhou presented the FORAN FGA/FBASIC modules, functions and hull capabilities of new release V70R3.0. The paper introduced general arrangement drawings using FGA modules and naval architecture calculations using FBASIC module. The functions such as the positioning of equipment either in 2D (views defined in FDEFIN) or in 3D, linking equipment to spaces, collisions detection among them, surfaces and spaces, the new interactive interface and parameterization impressed customers deeply.

Songshan Hu successfully demonstrated the FORAN FSYSD modules and outfitting new capabilities for audience. Through this demo, customers learned how to use FORAN designing the diagram and accepted wisdom that FORAN outfitting was becoming more and more powerful and convenient.

Customers generally wanted 3D model that can be reused by others software, which could save time to rebuild model and also hoped CAD/CAM System could be secondary development by customers themselves. In order to let customers know FORAN how to solve these problems, we introduced FEM-LINK with Altair and BTM’s engineers together. Xinlin Zhou showed how to translate FORAN model into Hypermesh and Altair’s engineer demonstrated FORAN model been used in Hypermesh conveniently and directly. Associated with the successful application in production, BTM’s engineer shared some experiences about how to develop on the FORAN system.

SENER (Shanghai) has indeed demonstrated the powerful new functions of the FORAN system during the seminar. Customers learned how the ship 3D digital design can be optimized by using the FORAN system.

During the detail design stage the use of a ship 3D model is very common, while basic design stage is still based on 2D drawings although most part of the costs are compromised at this stage. But FORAN system integrates all stages & disciplines in one software and one database, this is FORAN’s greatest strength.

People from China Ship Development and Design Center, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, Sinotrans & CSC Qingshan Shipyard, Wuhan Ship Development Design Institute, BTM, Wuhan University of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Naval University of Engineering were some of the of 50 persons who attended the Seminar.


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