FORAN ship design software undergoes digital transformation

FORAN ship design software undergoes digital transformation
FORAN is undergoing a major transformation to turn it into a key tool in the shipyard digitalisation and technological upgrading process. Image courtesy of SENER

FORAN, a system used in the design and construction of vessels and marine structures, is currently undergoing a major transformation process to turn it into a key tool in the shipyard digitalisation and technological upgrading process.

Developed by SENER, FORAN is a CAD/CAM/CAE system for marine design. It is multidisciplinary and fully integrated and can be used at every phase of the ship design and production process. It can also be used in every discipline as it stores information in a single database.

According to SENER, FORAN is a flexible and adaptable solution, providing shipyards of any size and type with customised solutions to design and produce all kinds of vessel. Its modular structure allows it to be implemented flexibly and gradually.

FORAN’s transformation will include including upgrading aspects such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Additive Manufacturing, Life Cycle Management, Sensorisation, IoT (Internet of Things), and Asset Management, among others.

The goal is to use the FORAN database, containing the definition of all ship elements down to the last detail and used to generate all manufacturing and assembly data, as a data source in the creation and maintenance of the ship’s digital twin.

SENER has signed strategic partnership agreements with companies leading the development of Industry 4.0, such as IBM, PTC, Ansys, ESI Group, Classification Societies, among others, and some of the most advanced shipbuilding companies, both civil and military. Under these agreements, the FORAN System is able to integrate with such diverse enabling technologies, providing the best end-to-end integrated solutions.