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ABS accepts 3D digital models for class surveys

Classification society ABS has successfully completed a pilot project using 3D digital models to carry out surveys.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The pilot was carried out with the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). Surveyors used 3D digital models instead of traditional 2D drawings to simulate new construction surveys on several steel blocks.

According to ABS, 3D models can save up to 25 per cent of design time by eliminating 2D drawings. They are also thought to be easier to navigate and reduce time required to train shipyard craftsmen.

“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,” said Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO. “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.”

“Elimination of 2D drawings from the design and construction process is very appealing to NASSCO,” said Tim Glinatsis, NASSCO vice president of engineering & CIO. “We look forward to continuing to work with ABS to identify digital initiatives that can improve shipbuilding and classification.” {/mprestriction}

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