Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), a shipyard based in Wisconsin that is part of Fincantieri Marine Group, has installed Sener engineering and technology group ’s Foran System to design and construct ships.
Under a contract signed last year, Sener has licensed its Foran System to Fincantieri Marine Group.
The deal includes installation, setup, training and support for the three main Foran disciplines, namely hull structure, machinery and outfitting, and electrical design.
Currently, there are three units currently under development with the Foran System, two pusher tugs and one 185,000 barrel (BBL) barge, all from the same articulated tug barge (ATB) concept.
The work conducted in the system covers basic design all the way to production, through a detailed 3D digital mock-up, with everything integrated in one database.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding engineering manager Brennan Smith said: “For a couple of decades most US shipyards have had functional designs developed in 2D, often to a high level of detail, for a separate lofting operation to use in developing 3D models of hull structure and pipe with minimal outfitting.
“This resulted in two or more sets of design documentation that was then used to manually develop purchasing and planning documents. This was better than the old loft floor but like the loft floor this process is no longer the best available approach.
“FORAN allows most all of the design to be developed or added to the 3D model providing in single database of design and production information that is fully accessible by the shipyard. This shortens the time from contract to production and improves overall shipyard efficiencies.”
Even though the Foran database with all the project information is located at the shipyard facility, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the subcontractors can access the data remotely by using a Citrix access solution (terminal server solution).
During design development, production personnel at the shipyard can have access to the model and have been trained to directly add final production data, which includes plate strakes, bevel and gap data, and pipe spool breaks.
The production engineering team at the shipyard extracts production documents directly from Foran for steel fabrication, pipe spooling and installation, outfitting, foundations, and electrical installation. This method leads to an increase in collaboration between various departments within the shipyard, as well as designers and subcontractors.
In May this year, Sener had entered into an agreement with Hin Lee (Zhuhai) Shipyard China for the implementation of the Foran system.
Image: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) implements Sener´s Foran System to design and construct ships. Photo: courtesy of SENER group.