Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has standardised on the Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D engineering and design solution for all marine projects, both offshore and shipbuilding. SHI has already built the world’s largest number of drill ships and has successfully delivered the world’s largest marine platforms and semi-submersible drilling facilities.
A SmartMarine 3D user since 2004, SHI has maintained the world’s number one market share in the high-tech and high-value shipbuilding sectors, which include drill ships, ultra-large LNG carriers, container ships, and FPSOs, enabling it to secure an unbeatable level of competitiveness.
Due to the success of SmartMarine 3D within SHI shipbuilding, SHI began a pilot project for offshore projects using SmartMarine 3D. Based on positive results from the pilot, SHI has accelerated its original schedule to more quickly reach implementation and full production stages for SHI offshore projects.
SmartMarine 3D is Intergraph’s rule-based, automated design and fabrication component of its SmartMarine Enterprise software portfolio that enables offshore engineering companies, fabricators and shipbuilders to significantly increase their productivity, and to reduce the amount of design and fabrication errors compared to traditional systems. The software offers a multidiscipline, integrated, worksharing-enabled environment for the modular design of structures, piping, equipment, HVAC and electrical modelling with automated detailing drawing capabilities.
“From using SmartMarine 3D compared to our legacy system in the shipbuilding division, our design errors are reduced dramatically, and we save material due to the optimum modelling process. Also, our designer man-hours are reduced significantly,” said Yeong Soo Bae, executive vice president for SHI.
“Additionally, SmartMarine 3D’s rules-based design capabilities will allow SHI to increase the quality and safety of offshore structures and ships we build.”
In choosing to standardise on the SmartMarine 3D solution, SHI found the following factors unique about the product:
- 3D modelling and design checking effectively allows users to easily find design mistakes and interferences, reducing errors and enhancing design quality
- SmartMarine 3D’s rules-based architecture allows users to build automation rules based on design standards, preventing human mistakes and saving design man-hours
- SmartMarine 3D’s advanced capabilities for the offshore industry using its core associative technology in combination with geometric constructions and advanced plate systems
- SmartMarine 3D models are production ready, containing information for material procurement, weight and center of gravity (CoG) calculations and various bills of material (BOMs); interfacing with ERP systems is easy and convenient
- SmartMarine 3D models can be used for various production tasks such as accuracy control drawings, assembly planning drawings and fabrication and robotic interfaces.
SHI has used SmartMarine 3D to design and manufacture more than 100 marine projects, including VLCCs, LNG carriers, container ships, FPSOs, drill ships (FDSs), shuttle tankers and ferries.
“SmartMarine 3D is the best solution for offshore projects because it is effective for both hull and topside modules,” Mr. Bae said. “Because of this versatility and the productivity results we achieved in our shipbuilding group with SmartMarine 3D, we are now standardizing on this software in our offshore group as well, which will enable us to work easily together.”
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, “The decision by the world’s number one high-value shipbuilder to standardize on Intergraph for both ship and offshore projects has proven once again that SmartMarine 3D’s capabilities to increase productivity and promote cost savings are unmatched.”
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the number one overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.