HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 20, 2006 – Intergraph Corporation <NASDAQ: INGR> today announced an agreement with Lloyd’s Register, a leading international risk management organization and ship classification society, to build an interface between Intergraph’s IntelliShip® multi-discipline ship design software, and the Lloyd's Register assessment applications, RulesCalc and ShipRight SDA. The interface will result in significantly greater efficiencies in the classification process for Lloyd’s Register classed ships.
IntelliShip coupled with this new interface will improve the overall ship design, certification, construction and commissioning process. Shipyards and ship designers can readily check the model created in IntelliShip against Lloyd’s Register's classification rules, eliminating redundant modeling and reducing errors. Since IntelliShip is rule based, checks early in the design cycle automatically carry over to detailed design and construction.
Paul Roberts, Lloyd’s Register’s Design Systems Software Integration Group Manager said, “Lloyd’s Register is committed to providing interfaces to the software design applications used by ship designers. IntelliShip is among the leading solutions for shipbuilding design and manufacturing, so creating an interface to our assessment applications is a strategic decision that will drive efficiency and create value for users of both organizations’ software applications.”
The interface between IntelliShip and Lloyd’s Register assessment applications will enable ship designers to check their designs against class requirements more easily, and this will help to increase the efficiency of the initial design process.
The interface between IntelliShip and Lloyd’s Register’s RulesCalc and ShipRight SDA will be created using the open data exchange tools contained within Lloyd's Register’s existing Interface Toolkit.
“The interface fits with our goal of providing risk management solutions to enhance the quality, safety, environmental and business performance of our clients,” said Roberts.
“Intergraph is pleased that Lloyd’s Register can quickly take advantage of our open data exchange layer to provide additional value to our mutual clients. This integration is in line with our vision of reducing the design-build cycle for ships and marine structures,” said Phillippe Marceau, Executive Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Intergraph Power, Process & Marine.
Intergraph’s IntelliShip is a knowledge-based, integrated 3D modeling and 2D engineering software that streamlines shipbuilding, appreciably lowering manpower and material costs and significantly reducing overall outlays and schedules. The multidiscipline, lifecycle toolset addresses conceptual and detail design of ships and components, plan approval, production planning, manufacturing, construction and risk management. IntelliShip supports data re-use, global worksharing, configuration and lifecycle data management, cost optimization and business system integration. IntelliShip also provides secure access to engineering data, serving as the hub of a shared repository for all ship design, construction and lifecycle management information. For accelerating design, fabrication, procurement and construction schedules, IntelliShip eliminates many of the sequential dependencies of the traditional, outmoded and heavily-customized CAD-based design process.
Lloyd’s Register’s RulesCalc helps to ensure that ship designs will comply with Lloyd’s Register’s Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Ships prior to plans being submitted for approval. RulesCalc supports the official publication International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Common Ship Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers, January 2006, and Lloyd's Register's Rules for the Classification of Ships, July 2006 proposals.
Lloyd’s Register’s ShipRight SDA is a special-purpose structural design assessment tool which uses finite element methods (FEM). The latest version of ShipRight SDA fully supports the direct calculation requirements for the IACS Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers (January 2006) as well as UR S25 for bulk carriers and some aspects of the IACS Common Bulk Carrier Rules.
Data exchange interfaces to RulesCalc and ShipRight SDA will be built using the Lloyd's Register’s Interface Toolkit, which provides an open and ‘available to all’ interface solution to third-party ship design packages. The Interface Toolkit contains the components and supporting documents to implement successful data transfer to Lloyd's Register's assessment applications.
Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company’s spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph’s customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Lloyd’s Register is an independent risk management organization. The Lloyd’s Register Group works to help improve its clients’ quality, safety, environmental and business performance throughout the world, because life matters. Its expertise and activities cover shipping, railways, other land-based industries and oil and gas. The Group comprises charities and non-charitable companies, with the latter supporting the charities in their main public benefit goal. For more information, visit www.lr.org.
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