SSI joins the OCX Consortium to promote convergence of digital standards

SSI joins the OCX Consortium to promote convergence of digital standards

SSI, which provides software, services, and expertise to the shipbuilding industry, has joined the OCX Consortium to ease the digital sharing of vessel design data for class approval.

The OCX Consortium was developed to create a uniform standard for data sharing that vessel designers and shipyards may utilise to supply classification societies with 3D design data that is independent of the software used to build it.

Using a standardised OCX format allows stakeholders to interchange all asset design data and paperwork necessary for verification and approval before construction begins.

SSI takes a Product Lifecycle Management approach to its software, from design to building, including the creation and delivery of the Digital Twin. By establishing data standards, the OCX strategy aims to streamline data transmission between class and designers, and encourage the usage of 3D data that may be used throughout the vessel’s lifespan.

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The OCX Consortium has reportedly gained pace over the last six months, with a membership that represents a diverse range of stakeholders and encourages the cooperation required to further develop the standard in the future.

Craig Tulk, Product Business Analyst, SSI, said: “Using the OCX standard means designers using our ShipConstructor programme don’t have to figure out how to provide files and accompanying data to different class societies in different formats.

“The advantages accrue equally to vessel designers and classification societies alike and we believe SSI users will immediately see the advantages in their workflows.”

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Ole Christian Astrup, OCX Consortium Coordinator, DNV, added: “The OCX Consortium is delighted to welcome SSI to its collaborative community of industry leaders; its participation will add further weight to the use of common standards for the exchange of vessel design data.

“By harmonising its approach to digital vessel data using the OCX standard, SSI will be able to share the benefits directly with its clients and their stakeholders.”

A survey by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) recently revealed a strong demand for a streamlined, standardised Maritime Single Window (MSW) system.

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