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Marine Log

January 25, 2008

Sener reports FORAN successes

Spain's Sener Ingenier’a y Sistemas S.A has won significant recent orders for its FORAN ship design and construction systems. Recent deals include an important contract with U.K. based BAE Systems PLC. Meantime, Dubai World's Drydocks World has selected FORAN for its increasingly ambitious newbuilding activities.,

BAE Systems PLC recently signed a contract for the license to use the FORAN CAD/CAM System in its shipbuilding activities. According to the contract, FORAN can be implemented in any BAE Systems Group company, any member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance as well as in any subcontractor of those companies.

FORAN is currently implemented at BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, Barrow-in-Furness, England and BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions Limited, Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland.

BAE Systems will use the FORAN System as a strategic business application for support and further improvement of the ship design, construction and integration activities at its shipbuilding sites in UK. Efficiencies gained by using FORAN in the design and manufacturing processes will result in costs savings and improved planning and product quality.

As a first result of the contract, about 200 licenses have been installed at both sites. These licenses are currently being used for developing the different stages of the CVF project as well as for internal training.

Other services to be provided by Sener include training, customization, on-site and remote technical assistance, as well as the development of interfaces between FORAN and existing Business Systems.

Luis Garcia, General Manager of Marine Business Unit of Sener, commented: "This is a significant win for Sener and recognizes our continued effort in improving shipbuilding specific CAD/CAM tools. The award presents an excellent opportunity for long term planning which will give our business real benefits. We look forward to working in partnership with BAE over the coming years."


Newbuilding has become an increasing focus for Drydocks World, the Dubai World subsidiary that now includes include Drydocks World-- Dubai (an amalgamation of Dubai Drydocks and Jadaf Dubai; Platinum Yachts FZCO and Platinum Yacht Management); Drydocks World--Singapore, formerly Pan United Marine and Drydocks World--Batam, a green field development in Indonesia.

Both the Dubai and Singapore business units have gained an exceptional reputation in the new building sector within a short span. They have a full order book for the next couple of years.

Implementing state-of-the-art technology both in-house and on projects has been a priority.

The Dubai yard in particular has seen many innovations. The FORAN V60 CAD/CAM system was implemented recently on the pioneering Aker Alpha H6e variant semi-submersible rig hull. The first of the two units was delivered in August 2007.

The system was implemented after a series of trials; engineering staff were given hands-on training on different modules of the software. It was chosen after similar trials were undertaken with two other software packages, as it met most of the division's needs and was found to be user friendly. It is being used for six new barges being built for a Turkish company and is also being considered for some of the other projects that will be taken up in the near future.

FORAN is a totally integrated computer system specifically developed for design and construction of ships. It comprises several main packages (hull form definition, naval architecture, hull structure, outfitting, electrical, accommodations), a number of common modules (build strategy, drafting, walk-through design review, collaborative engineering), links with production equipment (cutting machines, bending machines, robotic systems, etc.), interfaces to management systems and its own integrated development environment.

Running on Windows workstations connected through LAN or WAN, FORAN permits a fully interactive and concurrent definition of the ship 3D product model. The most recent design information is available in Oracle database(s) for designers of a wide range of complementary disciplines. When designing each ship part or each sub-assembly, their production processes are defined too, thus enabling the generation of custom-made, accurate and well-organized information for workshops (drawings, material lists and direct input to production systems), with the highest level of automation.


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