HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 23, 2008 -- Intergraph® and the Napa Group, two of the world’s leading marine software firms, will collaborate to improve the interfacing to integrate each other’s shipbuilding and offshore structure software solutions as well as create new capabilities.
A mutual arrangement allows the companies to use existing features inherent in their software offerings. Intergraph’s SmartMarine™ Enterprise suite, including its next-generation, data-centric, rules-driven SmartMarine 3D modeling and visualization solution, complements Napa’s high-end software systems for stability calculations, hull fairing and basic design operations. In addition, the two marine industry leaders will jointly develop new capabilities to accelerate the design, building and operation of ship and offshore structures.
“We have several major clients today who use both NAPA and SmartMarine Enterprise software solutions,” said Ilmo Kuutti, vice president, Napa Ltd. “We see the modern technology inherent in SmartMarine being adopted for ship and offshore structures. An interface between Napa’s solutions and SmartMarine 3D will further enhance the technical capabilities and result in improved design, performance, and delivery of these structures.”
Gerhard Sallinger, president, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine said, “This is a strategic arrangement for Intergraph and furthers our goal of rapid worldwide adoption of SmartMarine Enterprise in shipyards and offshore, as well as working with industry-leading partners to enhance productivity. This agreement will help accelerate that pace and provide additional value for our customers.”
As the starting point for any design and analysis done in NAPA, the hull surface forms the basis for the compartment and structural models. NAPA supports several methodologies for hull design, including real 3D surface modeling, transformation, parametric definitions and more. Also, the recently developed offshore structure-specific NAPA Manager application streamlines the process of evaluating the compliance with statutory rules for offshore platforms.
SmartMarine Enterprise streamlines marine outfitting and structure design processes and provides all the functionality needed to design and build many different types of marine facilities and equipment, including offshore platforms, naval and commercial ships, and floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels.
SmartMarine software is used by leading shipbuilders and offshore platform companies including COSCO Shipyard Group of China, Grenland Group of Norway, Keppel FELS of Singapore, Odense Steel Shipyard of Denmark, Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea and Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. of Japan. Notable vessels built using Intergraph marine software include the world’s first Arctic icebreaker tanker, the world’s largest containership and the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2. In addition, Intergraph solutions have also been used for ships for the Australian, Danish, Norwegian, Spanish and U.S. navies as well as for French, Indian and Spanish submarines.
About The Napa Group
The Napa Group is one of the world’s leading software houses in the marine industry, supplying software systems for ship and offshore platform design and operation. The head office is located in Helsinki, Finland. The Napa personnel consists of 115 professionals in the fields of naval architecture, shipping and information technology. The NAPA system is used by almost 300 of the world’s leading shipyards, designers, classification societies and authorities. The Onboard-NAPA and NAPA SPS software for ship operation, in turn, ensure safe and efficient operation for hundreds of ships operating the world over. www.napa.fi
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
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