SHIPLYS (Ship life cycle software solutions) is a three-year project starting in September 2016 and has a budget of about 6.2 million Euros.
The project is in response to needs of SME naval architects, shipbuilders and ship-owners, who in order to survive in the world market require to:
- improve their capability to reduce the time and costs of design and production
- develop the ability to reliably produce better ship concepts through virtual prototyping
- meet the increasing requirements for LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis), environmental assessments, risk assessments and end-of-life considerations as differentiators.
The calculation and modelling to achieve the functionalities required are difficult and time consuming, especially for SMEs without a large overhead of trained staff and tools. This is due to challenges in integrating data between incompatible tools and formats for different design stages: conceptual hull design; the finite element calculations feeding preliminary and detailed designs; and virtual prototyping simulation models. This is coupled with the lack of an industry specific lifecycle modelling technique, hindered by the lack of information to support reliable decision-making. SHIPLYS aims to address these challenges for the benefit of various stakeholders involved.
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