ABS Pioneers 3D Models for Class Surveys


  • The US-based classification society, ABS informed that they have successfully completed a pilot project using 3D digital models for class surveys.
  • Through this initiative, ABS becomes the first in Industry that accepts 3D models for class surveys.
  • This work by ABS designed to ensure the organization is ready to support any shipyard that wants to submit a 3D model for class approval.

In an industry first, ABS has completed a successful pilot project that used 3D digital models for class surveys, reads a press release by the company.

This project means ABS is able to fully support 3D model integration into engineering and now survey.

3D in place of 2D

In fact, ABS goals to further boost 3D model integration within both engineering and survey.

The pilot project with NASSCO saw surveyors use 3D digital models instead of traditional 2D drawings for the simulation of new construction surveys on several steel blocks.

As ABS reported, 3D Model-Based Class allows a designer or a shipyard to eliminate 2D drawings, saving up to 25% design time, while they are easier to navigate and can reduce time required to train shipyard craftsmen.

Innovations in digital technologies

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO said, “ABS is leading the way in the development of digital class and this significant step forward is another example of how we are innovating with digital technologies to deliver operational efficiencies for the industry.”

ABS continues to lead classification into the future by leveraging data and digital technologies as we transform our core services and drive new and innovative solutions,” he added.

3D model for class approval

For the records, the 3D models were viewable to surveyors in ABS software and could be seen remotely and under real-time circumstances.

Elimination of 2D drawings from the design and construction process is very appealing to NASSCO. We look forward to continuing to work with ABS to identify digital initiatives that can improve shipbuilding and classification,” Tim Glinatsis, NASSCO Vice President of Engineering & CIO continued.

This is the latest work by ABS concerning if the organization is ready to support any shipyard or designer that wants to submit a 3D model for class approval.

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Source: American Bureau of Shipping



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