MAY 5, 2016 — SENER is partnering with Paris-headquartered ESI Group to develop its IC.IDO Virtual Reality solution and to integrate it with enhance the FORAN shipbuilding CAD/CAM system, resulting in an immersive 3D experience.
Nowadays, says SENER, shipbuilding is dominated by vessels with highly complex and sophisticated designs, environment, with the engineering work ever more frequently divided among different companies.
Ships need to be designed in a way that helps to integrate their engineering and SENER says that FORAN is the only system that brings together all the design disciplines in a single solution, within a single work environment.
Integrating the IC.IDO Virtual Reality soluton into FORAN will allow physical simulation in real time and guarantee realistic behavior, as well as an immersive user interface. The ability of the product to simulate movements, interferences and human models makes it possible to verify the entire assembly line and all the manufacturing and maintenance processes.
ESI Group's Emilio Mencía de Miguel says, "The agreement reached between ESI Group and SENER for shipbuilding is a strategic alliance that will exploit the synergies of both companies across the world, both on a commercial level and in terms of product development. FORAN is the most complete, advanced shipbuilding system on the market and its integration with the IC.IDO virtual reality system will create unique opportunities for collaboration and process integration in an immersive 3D environment that will further assist the decision-making processes of the different teams in the shipyard, or decision making between these teams and the different design offices."
Rafael de Góngora, General Manager of SENER Marine, stated that SENER is aware that CAD/CAM system has become another standard tool in the ship production process and operational life cycle and that, to continue offering the best service in the marine industry, it seeks agreements with companies that have state-of-the-art technology solutions that complement FORAN and can be integrated into the system. This is the case with IC.IDO."