Virtual reality comes to ship building

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

06 May 2016


ESI Group, a leading virtual prototyping and testing software developer, has joined efforts with SENER, a company at the forefront of marine engineering and the development of CAD/CAM system for the shipbuilding industry, with the aim of marketing and integrating their respective solutions, IC.IDO and FORAN. Nowadays shipbuilding is dominated by vessels with highly complex and sophisticated designs. There is also a growing trend of distributing the engineering tasks between multiple remote agents, and a need to produce integrated designs for effective ships with no margin of error. In this global environment, where the engineering work is ever more frequently divided among different companies, ships need to be designed in a way that helps to integrate their engineering. FORAN, by SENER, is the only system that brings together all the design disciplines in a single solution, within a single work environment. Thanks to the agreement with ESI Group, SENER and ESI will begin a partnership to develop IC.IDO in the global marine market and will begin working to integrate this leading virtual reality product into FORAN. This will allow physical simulation in real time and guarantee realistic behavior, as well as an immersive user interface. The ability of the product to simulate movements, collisions and human models makes it possible to verify the entire assembly line and all the manufacturing and maintenance processes. As regards the partnership, Emilio Mencía de Miguel, COO of ESI Group, Hispania & South America, commented that: “The agreement reached between ESI Group and SENER for the shipbuilding is a strategic alliance that will exploit the synergies of both companies across the world, both on a commercial level and in terms of product development. FORAN is the most complete, advanced shipbuilding system on the market and its integration with the IC.IDO virtual reality system will create unique opportunities for collaboration and process integration in an immersive 3D environment that will further assist the decision-making processes of the different teams in the shipyard, or decision-making between these teams and the different design offices”. Meanwhile, Rafael de Góngora, General Manager of SENER Marine, stated that: “SENER is aware that the CAD/CAM system has become another standard tool in the ship production process and operational life cycle and therefore, to continue offering the best service to the marine industry, it seeks agreements with companies that have state-of-the-art technology solutions that complement FORAN and can be integrated into the system. And this is the case of IC.IDO”.