An overview of the VRS virtual platform

R.I. Whitfield, A.H.B. Duffy, Z. Wu, J. Meehan

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This paper provides an overview of the development of the virtual platform within the European Commission funded VRShips-ROPAX (VRS) project. This project is a major collaboration of approximately 40 industrial, regulatory, consultancy and academic partners with the objective of producing two novel platforms. A physical platform will be designed and produced representing a scale model of a novel ROPAX vessel with the following criteria: 2000 passengers; 400 cabins; 2000 nautical mile range, and a service speed of 38 knots. The aim of the virtual platform is to demonstrate that vessels may be designed to meet these criteria, which was not previously possible using individual tools and conventional design approaches. To achieve this objective requires the integration of design and simulation tools representing concept, embodiment, detail, production, and operation life-phases into the virtual platform, to enable distributed design activity to be undertaken. The main objectives for the development of the virtual platform are described, followed by the discussion of the techniques chosen to address the objectives, and finally a description of a use-case for the platform. Whilst the focus of the VRS virtual platform was to facilitate the design of ROPAX vessels, the components within the platform are entirely generic and may be applied to the distributed design of any type of vessel, or other complex made-to-order products.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusUnpublished - 2005
Event15th International Confrence on Engineering design (ICED'05) - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 15 Aug 200518 Aug 2005


Conference15th International Confrence on Engineering design (ICED'05)
CityMelbourne, Australia


  • distributed design
  • activity co-ordination
  • neutral databases
  • design engineering

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