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Neutral Product Definition Database for Large Multifunctional Systems

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop standardised methods for the storage and exchange of data defining shipbuilding and ocean engineering products as representative examples of large multifunctional systems.
The developments and results for a neutral product definition database for large multifunctional systems are described. The database development is based on the product modeling methodology of the evolving International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard STEP (ISO 10303) and its information modeling language EXPRESS. The main application areas envisioned for the database are ships and other maritime products as representive prototypes of large and functionally very diverse systems. The emphasis is placed on methods for describing the structural systems, the spatial arrangements, and the multitudinous outfitting systems in this type of product. The neutral database formats are intended to serve for purposes of file data exchange between heterogenous computer aided design (CAD) or computer integrated manufacture (CIM) systems as well as for data sharing by means of a dynamic access neutral database. The results of the project include concept designs and sprcifications for the product information models and for the database components.
Building on the work of ESPRIT project 322 (CAD*I) and CAD interface formats such as STEP and PDES, the project will define the principles of application-oriented reference models relating to complex maritime products, which include many services and machinery systems within a constraining steelwork envelope.

A Neutral Product Definition Format will be defined to serve as an exchange and archiving medium for the complete standardised product definition model. In order to verify the validity of the basic principles which would be adopted in the preparation of the specification, the project will include the development of the part of the database concerned with the modelling of the steel structure, with tests simulating actual exploitation conditions.

The availability of a neutral product definition format will encourage the development of new applications and significantly assist cooperation between the large number of designers, manufacturers and subsystem vendors typically involved in marine engineering projects. A number of software products incorporating the product definition format are expected to be exploited as a result of the development.

It is also expected that the project will provide a valuable contribution to international standardisation in the area of product data exchange technologies and will serve as a test case for the viability of the ISO/STEP/CADI approach for complex multi-functional products.

Coordinator

Institut de Recherches de la Construction Navale
Address
1 Rue De La Noël
44071 Nantes
France

Participants (18)

Bremer Vulkan Verbund AG
Germany
Address
Lindenstraße 110
28755 Bremen
CONSTRUNAVES
Spain
Address
Orense, 11-1E
28020 Madrid
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
118 Route De Narbonne
31062 Toulouse
Chantiers de l'Atlantique GEC Alsthom
France
Address
38 Avenue Kleber
75795 Paris
Cotec Computing Services
United Kingdom
Address
17-18 Hi-tech Village Boldon Business Park Witney Way
NE35 9EP Boldon
DECISION INTERNATIONAL
France
Address
32 Rue Des Cosmonautes
31400 Toulouse
DIGITAL EQUIPMENT INTERNATIONAL
Germany
Address
Studentenstraße 5
87600 Kaufbeuren
Entwicklungszentrum für Maritime und Industrielle Technik GmbH
Germany
Address
Stresemannstraße 46
27570 Bremerhaven
GESELLSCHAFT ZUR ENTWICKLUNG VON DV-METHODEN, ALGORITMEN UND PROGRAMMEN
Germany
Address
Bavariaring 20
80336 München
HOWALDTSWERKE-DEUTSCHE WERFT
Germany
Address
Schwentinestraße
24149 Kiel
INGENIERIA Y TECNOLOGIA DE SISTEMAS
Spain
Address
Avenida De Alfonso Xiii, 21
28002 Madrid
MDC
United Kingdom
Address
25 Pallion
SR4 6TG Sunderland
SCHIFFKO Ingenieurleistung und CAD/CAM Service GmbH
Germany
Address
Stubbenhuk 10
20459 Hamburg
SENER-SISTEMAS MARINOS SA
Spain
Address
Sor Angela De La Cruz, 6
28020 Madrid
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Germany
Address
Salzufer 17-19
10587 Berlin
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Campus De Montegancedo
28660 Madrid
University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom
Address
Mccance Building 16 Richmond Street
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Universität Bremen
Germany
Address
Klagenfurter Straße Betriebshof
28359 Bremen