Managing the exchange of engineering product data to support through life ship design

Robert Whitfield, Alexander Duffy, Philip York, Dracos Vassalos, Panagiotis Kaklis

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An approach for managing the exchange of engineering product data between geographically distributed designers and analysts using a heterogeneous tool set for the through-life design of a ship is described. The approach was developed within a pan European maritime project called VRShips-ROPAX 2000 that demonstrated how information technology could be integrated into the design process. This paper describes the development of a common model containing neutral ship product data through a bottom-up consideration of the requirements of the tools to be integrated, as well as a top-down consideration of the data requirements for through life design. This common model was supported within an Integrated Design Environment (IDE) that co-ordinated design activity distributed across Europe. The IDE ensured that the users were provided with the right data in the right form at the right time to do the right task, i.e., that the design activity was timely and appropriate. The strengths and weaknesses of the approach are highlighted
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-532
Number of pages17
JournalComputer-Aided Design
Issue number5
Early online date15 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • common model
  • engineering product data exchange
  • neutral data
  • tool integration
  • VRShips-ROPAX 2000
  • integrated design environment
  • IDE
  • ship design
  • managing
  • exchange
  • support
  • life ship design


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