Bureau Veritas Helps Ship Designers Conform to Design Regulations with Femap

By AlRobertson

Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification. In the marine industry, where the company provides statutory certification of ships (among other services), 140 national administrations recognize Bureau Veritas as an official certification body.

Bureau Veritas use Femap to help designs conform to regulations
Bureau Veritas use Femap to help designs conform to regulations

Olivier Degrand, project manager in the development department at Bureau Veritas , states that designing ships today is nothing like it was ten years ago. Back then you could design a ship using basic calculations, but over time the rules have become more and more complex. This means that ship designers now have to employ powerful software to help apply them, which means a lot of extra work.

Bureau Veritas began developing its own solution, VeriSTAR Hull, in 2004.that would be based on finite element analysis (FEA) of 3D hull geometry. The VeriSTAR Hull developers chose Femap on the strength of the application programming interface (API) that allowed specialized functionality to be added to the existing modeling and analysis capabilities of Femap.

You can read the full case study to find out more about how Bureau Veritas  integrated their technology within Femap and how VeriSTAR Hull can help yards to meet regulatory compliance.

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