RINA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) for the creation of an interface to the SDARI 3D Ship Model.

The agreement marks a step towards for the verification of the 3D design.

SDARI is one of the biggest research and design institutes in China and is a part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

It provides services for the full design life cycle, which includes a preliminary feasibility study, as well as the schematic, basic, detailed and production design.

As part of the agreement, the current research and development activities of RINA regarding the 3D ship model verification will be carried out with the creation of an interface with the SDARI 3D ship model.

It will help to create a platform to support a quick and reliable exchange of information related to the ship design.

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It aims to boost the common understanding of the design, design transparency, increase intellectual property (IP) protection, optimise software calculation processes and reduce the time taken for approval of drawings.

Classification societies traditionally carry out ship design verification using paper drawings. With the use of a 3D platform, the efficiency and the cost effectiveness of the design verification is increased.

Both organisations aim to develop a user-friendly and efficient platform, which will be based on a 3D model design.

RINA EVP Marine Giosuè Vezzuto said: “The MoU takes a long history of cooperation between our companies to a new level.

“This highly innovative approach to design verification offers many benefits, not least of which is a more efficient and robust exchange of information.

“The cooperation between RINA and SDARI is an exciting one that will mutually benefit both organisations and is in line with RINA’s ongoing digital strategy.”

Last week, ABS partnered with Israel Shipyards for a 3D model project for offshore patrol vessel (OPV) plan review.