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NAPA, NDES in cooperation on engineering service for shipbuilding

NAPA, NDES in cooperation on engineering service for shipbuilding
Finland’s maritime software provider NAPA and Japan’s maritime software engineering firm NTT Data Engineering Systems (NDES) have announced a cooperation on system collaboration and engineering service business for shipbuilding.

The cooperation also aims to commercialise the engineering services that can help streamline integration between early stage design and production planning during the shipbuilding process.

“We believe that expanding the usage of NAPA product models to cover production planning, not just early stage design, will benefit ship designers by improving collaboration between different design departments,” said Ilmo Kuutti, president of NAPA Group.

A smooth collaboration between design and manufacturing in the shipbuilding process will enable the incorporation of manufacturing considerations at the basic design stage, greatly reducing the total cost of ship design and manufacture, the two companies believed.

NAPA and NDES will initially develop and commercialise interface modules that enable 3D data linkage between NAPA’s structural design software NAPA Steel and NDES’s 3D ship structure viewing software Beagle.

With this interface, users will be able to take the 3D design data from NAPA Steel, created mainly for basic design purposes, and create visualizations using Beagle, allowing production plan examinations to be conducted at early design stages.

NDES will also work on the commercialisation of engineering services, such as design support and structural analysis service using NAPA Steel. NAPA will provide in-depth technical support to NDES at its investigations and preparations for commercialisation.

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