Hyundai Heavy Industries, NAPA, Cadmatic unveil next-gen ship design

HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, NAPA, Cadmatic form partnership for digital shipyard

HD Hyundai Heavy Industries has announced a joint development project with NAPA and Cadmatic to develop a next-generation ship design and information management solution.

The partnership will harness advanced 3D models and the latest developments in information management technology to create intelligent solutions to support the entire ship building process, which also embed a product lifecycle management (PLM) system.

This will help HD Hyundai Heavy Industries implement its vision of a “digital shipyard”, where smart data and digital twins support the optimisation of the design process from the early stages to construction and production, and then provide a valuable source of information throughout the ship’s lifetime at sea.

The new partnership aims to deliver high shipbuilding efficiency including shorter time schedules, lower costs, and higher quality in large and more complex shipbuilding projects via digitalisation and a seamlessly integrated solution.

The goal is to optimise processes and enable error-free design for production and safe operation.

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Seung-Ho Jeon, CTO at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, said: “At HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, we are spearheading the creation of a digital shipyard, in line with our Future of Shipyard (FOS) vision, and see this as an important area of development in the ship design and building processes.

“With this joint project, our ambition is to develop the next generation of intelligent design systems for digital shipbuilding. This will increase efficiency throughout the design and digital twin information delivery process, helping us deliver the innovative designs our customers demand.”

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Jukka Rantala, CEO at Cadmatic, stated: “By combining our respective strengths and areas of expertise, this partnership is a major opportunity to enhance the role of design and information management tools in shipbuilding to support the industry’s performance via advanced digitalisation.

“With an intelligent, integrated design and lifecycle management process, we can streamline shipbuilding processes, enhance collaboration and information accessibility in large and complex projects, and support commercial success.”

In May 2023, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. signed a new shipbuilding contract for five 15,500 TEU LNG vessels.

More recently, Wan Hai Lines Ltd. held a ship naming ceremony for the Wan Hai A13 at Samsung Heavy Industries Geoje shipyard.

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