Shipyard Design Enhancement Project selected for more NSRP Funding
Sommerfeld, Marketing Manager
Victoria, BC - February 9, 2005
The development of key features in ShipConstructor will be
funded by the Second-Tier Shipyard Design Enhancement Project
II, which recently received significant funding from the National
Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise.
The project, headed by Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co.,
Inc., includes seven shipyards and four naval architect firms,
representing the core of second-tier shipbuilding and ship design
in the United
The overall goal of the project is to provide U.S.
second-tier shipyards with a state-of-the-art design system
that will enhance their global competitiveness. Albacore Research
Ltd. (ARL) will extend
ShipConstructor’s capabilities to fully meet the design
requirements of the U.S.
second-tier shipyard industry. Specific features to be developed
include integration with the Common
Parts Catalog and the ability to Split
and Merge Projects.
The Common Parts Catalog, developed by the U.S. first-tier yards, standardizes
the definition of purchased part data and related support documents.
Provisions for equivalency allow yards to exchange data efficiently,
and facilitate the ability to communicate and even utilize parts
in stock at other yards. Integrating ShipConstructor with the
Common Parts Catalog streamlines the material control system
from definition to delivery of the finished product, and even
during product lifecycle management.
The ability to split and merge ShipConstructor projects will
enable collaboration among shipyards and design agents working
on a single project in multiple locations, simplifying outsourcing
and sub-contracting. Even in mid-project a yard can sub-contract
part of the work and still remain in full control should their
own resources not be sufficient.
Patrick Roberts, Research & Development Manager at Bender
Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Inc., said “We are proud
to have once again assembled leading shipyards and designers
to collaboratively participate in the development of software
features that meet the needs of the U.S.
“This initiative will not only make it easier for North
American shipyards and designers to work together, but it will
also make the North American shipbuilding industry more competitive
internationally,” said Rolf Oetter, president of ARL.
Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL)
Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL)
is the creator of ShipConstructor,
the easy-to-use, AutoCAD based 3D Product-Modeling software
for the design and fabrication of ships and offshore structures.
ShipConstructor is proving
its capabilities on a wide range of new construction, conversion
and repair projects, including the US Navy’s Littoral
Combat Ship, the US Coast Guard’s Deepwater Project and
the Devils Tower Spar. More than 150 yards and designers worldwide,
among which you find well-known names such as Northrop Grumman
Ship Systems, Gibbs & Cox, and Dubai
with their projects.
ShipConstructor provides functions for
curved plates, structure, pipe, HVAC, equipment, and NC-processing
and also generates sophisticated production documentation, including
assembly drawings, pipe spools, and production reports.
For further information regarding ARL
and its ShipConstructor software please visit www.ShipConstructor.com.