Improved efficiency and design practice in European maritime industry

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards


Improved productivity, operational efficiency, better working practice and knowledge management within the European maritime industry has been achieved through the use of a Virtual Integration Platform (VIP). The platform is a software package developed within the University of Strathclyde that has been used by eleven European ship design, engineering and project management consultancies, which specialise in the application of advanced computational design, analysis and physical modelling techniques within projects on an international scale. Specific company benefits of using the VIP include: 67% reduction in process time; guaranteed data consistency; additional productivity of 15 hours/day from automated over-night operation; capturing and reuse of expertise; cost effectiveness (lack of data consistency typically costs €100k per project); and ease of operation within complex design processes.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards


  • REF2014 impact case study