Napa Oy Introduces NAPA Steel System For Ship Design

Napa Oy (Ltd.) has introduced the NAPA Steel system, a new tool for ship structural design during the early design stages.

NAPA Steel is designed as a quick and flexible tool for use in designing ship structures and in managing the design process from the first sketches up to the classification documents. NAPA Steel's modeling techniques is designed so that the model can be created early enough to meet both project and basic design needs.

By using NAPA Steel, a 3-D product model of the ship's structures can be available within 50-500 man-hours, depending on the ship type and the details being modeled. NAPA Steel's main advantage is the flexibility of the 3-D product modeling process, which makes it possible to maintain a consistent model despite the frequent changes made during the early design stages.

The program is touted as providing a reduced risk of design errors; increased accuracy in estimating the ship's weight, center of gravity and strength; improved distribution of information concerning the design; reduced material costs; and fewer production man-hours as a result of better planning.

The 3-D NAPA Steel model provides various departments and subcontractors with up-to-date information including a bill of materials, welding lengths, painting areas, weights and man-hours. Any item of information can be extracted for freely limited building blocks, selected panels, assemblies, object type, type per material or any subset of interest.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 40,  Jan 2001

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