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particularly appreciated the Nupas-Cadmatic CoDesigner (a free of charge functionality in Nupas-Cadmatic V6.0 and up), which enables users all around the world to work simul- taneously on a single project. Added Features CoDesigner makes it possible to add new design teams to a project with a few clicks. All object data is accessed via a check-in/check-out procedure that guarantees that only one designer can modify the same object at any given time. Sim- ply by adding remote design teams to a Nupas-Cadmatic project, the project owner can decide which user has access to work on which sections in a ship. The owner can completely deÞ ne how users can access the database environment. The owner thereby stays in control of the actions taken by sub- sidiary contractors, from the same company, especially when working with several subcontractors. CoDesigner allows FKABÕs Swedish and Chinese ofÞ ces to work together on the same project at the same time. Before implementing CoDesigner they were able to work together on the same projects, but havenÕt been able to do so concurrently. The use of CoDesigner means that projects donÕt have to be shipped back and forth and sees data exchange reduced to a minimum. As a result, FKAB expects to save even more time and money while at the same time being able to draw on the knowledge of both ofÞ ces. This allows FKAB to increase its effectiveness by seamlessly applying international know-how from multiple ofÞ ces around the world. Facilitating CollaborationMagnus Wikander, Manager at FKAB, told Marine- News, ÒNupas-Cadmatic is not only a great tool for our work; it also facilitates cooperation between our ofÞ ces. Until now we only had Nupas-Cadmatic at our ofÞ ce in China, but now the Swedish ofÞ ces also use the program fully, which will strengthen FKAB as a complete provider of sustainable marine engineering.ÓThe trailing suction hopper dredger project is an exam- ple of how these companies intend to work together in the future. By fully utilizing know-how in collaborating ship- yards, design ofÞ ces, subcontractors, project owners and clients, the parties expect to gain a competitive advantage. Henk Kramer is a Sales & Marketing O cer at Numeriek Centrum Groningen (co-developer of Nupas-Cadmatic). TECH FILE12 MNMarch 2013 MN March2013 Layout 1-17.indd 12MN March2013 Layout 1-17.indd 123/1/2013 11:10:49 AM3/1/2013 11:10:49 AM

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