Japan’s Kyushu University Selects Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D Design and Engineering Software for Education Program


Top maritime university will integrate industry-leading 3D design solution with Lloyd’s Register rules calculation software for ship design and structural assessment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 3, 2009 – Kyushu University, one of Japan’s top maritime and naval architecture academic centers, has selected Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D design and engineering software for use in its Department of Marine Systems Engineering to teach students shipbuilding design and operation training. The curriculum will also integrate Lloyd’s Register rules calculation software solutions to provide the analysis and evaluation of ship structure strength against classification rules.

Kyushu University will change its existing manual drafting education program to a new program consisting of SmartMarine 3D design and engineering software. Students will be able to create ship structure models and export these data to Lloyd’s Register’s RulesCalc software for structural assessment during the initial design process. Together these solutions help improve efficiency, integrating ship design and assessment with classification knowledge and experience. They also will offer better opportunities for students to use their skills upon graduation, many of whom will join major Japanese shipyards. Kyushu University is the first higher education institution in Japan to use SmartMarine 3D in its curriculum.

SmartMarine 3D is a key component of Intergraph’s multidiscipline SmartMarine Enterprise portfolio which provides all the capabilities needed to design and build offshore devices or ships from design to fabrication to operations and maintenance – all in a single, integrated environment. It is a data-centric, rule-driven solution for streamlining design processes while preserving existing data and making it more useable/re-useable over the operation, maintenance and modification life cycle of the device.

“Kyushu University prides itself on its ability to prepare students for industry and innovation, providing them the best educational tools and personnel available,” said Dr. Akiji Shinkai, professor of   Engineering at Kyushu University. “Intergraph’s SmartMarine 3D, the next-generation of shipbuilding design, integrated with Lloyd’s Register’s RulesCalc software will certainly continue this tradition of excellence for our naval architecture and marine systems engineering students.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “We are honored to have an institution of Kyushu University’s caliber select SmartMarine 3D. SmartMarine 3D was created by shipbuilders, and is the first new design technology introduced to this market in 20 years. Kyushu’s choice of Intergraph is another validation of our industry-leading shipbuilding design solutions position and an important step in the continued expansion of Intergraph’s marine presence in Japan.”

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About Kyushu University
The history of Kyushu University dates back to 1903 when Fukuoka Medical College was established as the foundation for Kyushu Imperial University. In 1911, Kyushu Imperial University, along with the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, were established. The total number of students currently amounts to 18,393, while the faculty members number 2,331. International exchange programs are also greatly encouraged at Kyushu University. With this in mind, the university accepts many overseas students each year. At present there are more than 1,100 international students from about 70 countries studying here. Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka city, Japan. www.kyushu-u.ac.jp

About Lloyd’s Register
Lloyd’s Register provides independent assurance to companies operating high risk capital intensive assets in energy and transportation to enhance the safety of life, property and the environment, thereby helping our clients ensure safe, responsible and sustainable supply chains. The Group comprises charities and non-charitable companies, with the latter supporting the charities in their main goal.http://www.lr.org/

RulesCalc is a software tool that enables ship designers to quickly assess designs against the following Rules:
- Lloyd's Register’s Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Ships
- IACS Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers
- IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers

Data exchange to RulesCalcis achieved via the Data Interface Management Engine (DIME) component. DIME is supplied as part of the Interface Toolkit initiative providedby Lloyd's Register to allow ship designers access to Rule and procedural checking alongside their preferred design tools.

To obtain more information and to download the software, please visit http://www.cdlive.lr.org and select ‘Software’ from the menu.

About Intergraph
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.

David Joffrion
Manager, Corporate Communications

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