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Maritime Digitalisation & Communications

BIM delivers walkthrough technology to cruise ship design

Thu 05 Jul 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

BIM delivers walkthrough technology to cruise ship design
YSA Design has used virtual reality technology in designing interiors of cruise ships

A Norwegian design house has started using 3D building information modelling (BIM) to help a shipyard build next-generation passenger ships.

YSA Design is using virtual reality walkthrough BIM technology to digitally represent physical spaces in a 3D world. In this case it is for shipyards building new cruise ships.

BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives ship architectures, engineers and construction yards insight and tools to plan, design, construct, and manage infrastructure and interiors.

YSA incorporated BIM into its design services after gaining contracts for multiple cruise ships. It said the first use of BIM was for “co-ordinating architects in an ambitious project” It said the shipowner and participating yard “are seeing immediate benefits in better envisaging structures and technical installations, as well as error avoidance”.

YSA is using tools such as Autodesk-based shipbuilding and offshore software. This includes Lofting 3ds Max tools that enable participants to continuously visualise a ship’s design through engineering. These deepen understanding for designers and engineers when considered in combination with the ship’s general arrangement drawings.

“The virtual tour can take in ‘big picture’ spaces, such as the atrium of a cruise ship, down to the fine detail of a piping arrangement in an awkward space,” said YSA.

It said this technology has been used for exploring lighting options “in a way that would not be useful if the discussion remained wholly theoretical”.

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