The era of advanced verified technology is paving its way in the shipping sector which is visible by the efforts of US, which has begun the construction of a commercial vessel which is completely designed, built and verified with the help of an end-to-end 3D design methodology. This will be the very first vessel to be completely produced using a 3D model.
The project partners mention that a pure 3D process alleviates the effective cost and working time, and aligns the communication among the various stakeholders all through the designing, construction and detailing levels without risking the safety of the work.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO says, “This landmark achievement sets the bar for future projects both in the U.S. and internationally. Together with our partners, we have realized a long-held dream of the industry to leave behind 2D paper plans and move to the next generation of vessel production.”
The Advanced Rotortug is sketched by Robert Allan Ltd. to guide ships and offshore belongings at the Port of Corpus Christi. The Certificate of Inspection will be given by the United States Coast Guard. The container will be made and run by Signet Maritime to ABS Class.
The CEO of Robert Allan, Mike Fitzpatrick says, “As Naval Architects, we find ourselves developing ship structure in 3D more than ever, even at the basic design stage for new vessels. We believe that delivering 3D models instead of traditional 2D drawings benefits all stakeholders."
The use of 3D technology will be very significant and useful in shipyards and will dominate a major portion once the maritime industry frames proper infrastructure to effectively house this process. ABS has been pioneer in the adoption of 3D modeling and was the first one to develop a method that incorporates 3D models in the class software. In the course of two years, ABS stood up to be the first classification organization which used 3D models for conducting class surveys.
This incorporation of 3D technology in the modeling and designing of the vessel will prove to be revolutionary for the U.S. maritime industry as it will guarantee that all the parties involved in the design (designer, engineer, production manager, fitter, welder and surveyor) will graft on the same structure.