NAPA enhances 3D ship design process with new platform

NAPA enhances 3D ship design process with new platform
The new NAPA Viewer streaming technology

NAPA has today launched NAPA Viewer – a new collaborative web application to provide users throughout the ship design process with visibility of the most current 3D ship model via a browser, and the ability to directly comment on the model.

NAPA Viewer will provide class societies, shipowners and shipyards with a cost-effective and straightforward solution for enabling vital communication between key stakeholders involved in the ship design process. The platform will also enable users to request and show metadata and view measurements and section generation.

The streaming technology allows the main user to share a 3D NAPA ship model, created with NAPA Naval Architecture and NAPA Steel, directly from their server to multiple other parties via an internet browser. The application accurately showcases the model while restricting access to sensitive information, such as geometry, to ensure shipyards are still able to maintain commercial integrity.

The implementation of NAPA Viewer will promote the use of 3DMBA and contribute to the wider digitalisation of the maritime industry by increasing collaboration via 3D models. This will accelerate the design process, enabling designers to iterate faster, adjust more quickly to changes in the design requirements, and potentially even implement real-life performance data from other vessels.

“We are extremely proud to announce the launch of NAPA Viewer and introduce our users to a platform that will make it easier to communicate and collaborate in real-time,” said Tapio Hulkkonen, director of product management, design solutions at NAPA.

“Through providing multiple stakeholders with access to NAPA Viewer, without having to download additional software, we are bringing an affordable and accessible solution to market that will streamline the ship design process for all involved. With over 90 per cent of newbuilds in the global fleet built by NAPA’s customers, we believe NAPA Viewer will support the evolution and efficiency of ship design in this busy period.”

The main features of NAPA Viewer include an arrangement tree for controlling the visibility of objects, 2D section views, commenting with attachment potential in annotations in 3D view, measuring tools and 3D clipping.