Standalone Intelligent General Arrangement Tool for Holistic Basic Design


The paper describes a standalone intelligent and adaptive General Arrangement tool for holistic improvement of the basic design process in shipbuilding. The approach generates high topology 3D hull structure layouts based on 2D sketches. Furthermore, it uses an open standard format to interact with scantling tools that facilitates the hull definition process and approval. The tool connects hull shape optimization tools, hull design, and outfitting layout, leading to the overall optimized design of vessels.

The key features of this new approach are 

  • The option to define different design alternatives, specifically in the hull structure, allowing more flexibility in the designing process
  • The feasibility to manage changes in a more straightforward manner
  • The interoperability to exchange data in standard formats to analyze the impact on other aspects of the basic design.

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