3D Engineering goes Offshore The Benefits of Digital Engineering and 3D Technology for Offshore Projects

Editor: Dominik Stephan

From the desktop to the high seas: 3D Designing plays an important role in the life of engineers in various sectors. Alain Houard Vice President for Marine & Offshore Industry at Dassault Systèmes enthusiastically expounds on the effectiveness of the 3D Experience platform for marine and offshore industries in an exclusive interview to PROCESS...

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PROCESS: How does Dassault Systèmes Industry Solution Experiences for Marine & Offshore powered by the 3D Experience platform help enhance how offshore structures are designed and built?

ALAIN HOUARD: Dassault Systèmes is very focused on customers’ needs. We have carefully paralleled the rapid evolution of the marine and offshore market in recent years and its growing focus on offshore facility development. Large offshore development projects are very complex projects that involve many different stakeholders and require an integrated collaborative design, engineering and project management solution. We have worked to provide dedicated Industry Solution Experiences solutions based on the 3D Experience platform to address the specific challenges of designing and building offshore structures and deliver unique value to our customers.

While the ‘On Time To Sea’ industry solution experience provides integrated program management that allows companies to plan and manage the development of complex offshore structures with improved time to market and on-budget delivery, the ‘Designed For Sea’ industry solution experience connects requirements, regulations, and offshore engineering disciplines throughout the design process with full traceability to reach design excellence. High quality preliminary design can be achieved with enhanced productivity and cost effectiveness by evaluating and validating design alternatives using real-time 3D simulation and analysis of offshore structures.

The Challenges of Designing and Building Offshore Structures

PROCESS: How has the software changed the way offshore structural engineers/design engineers look at a project?

HOUARD: In many cases, there is not a single source of information. When using 2D drawings or design/engineering software tools for various disciplines that are not integrated, it is common for complications to arise throughout the design process. Cross discipline design review is inefficient due to lack of collaborative tools and incompatible design data resulting in productivity losses. Design conflicts are identified late, resulting in significant costs to resolve. Information sharing is ineffective and/or late in the process.

The 3D Experience platform helps connect the dots between the requirements, regulations, project planning and engineering teams to increase productivity and ecosystem efficiency. All the applications for the different disciplines are available on a single platform and at all times engineers can work in context of what others are doing to ensure design integrity across multiple disciplines.