NAPA set to create dynamism in shipping

Dec 22, 2010, 1:51PM EST
New trend seen amongst ship builders and shipping companies to use NAPA software for design and operations of ships and offshore structure

NAPA systems’ ability to help incorporate value addition, efficiency, high reliability and performance in ship buildings and other maritime fields has stirred interest amongst ship builders and several other players in the shipping fields. A significant number of companies have already begun using this system thus dramatically changing the way things are done.
The systems are evolved by Napa Ltd, an independent software house which has been developing and marketing systems and services for the design and operation of ships and offshore structures. Larsen & Toubro, Indian Registry of Shipping, Bharati Shipyard Limited, Temba Shipyard, Design consultants such as Infotech and Total Maritime Designs are among the several leading players who now design on NAPA system.
Popular with major shipyards and classification societies, work on the NAPA systems is done in close cooperation with the customers, ensuring the quality of the products developed. Also intense investment in personnel's competencies, motivation and ability to innovate ensures the best possible expertise.
“NAPA can be used to design any type of floating structure, and it accommodates every designer’s needs in the early design phases,” says Lakshmi Juttu, Managing Director of Napa Software Services India Pvt. Ltd, (based in Bangalore, South India). “From the first sketches through hull design and fairing, basic structural design and performance predictions to statutory calculations and delivery documents, only one tool is needed, which is NAPA.”
The core of the NAPA system is the topological NAPA 3D product model. Since all calculations and definitions are based on the same model, design consistency is assured. Here you can see that with the same 3D Ship model, hydrodynamics calculations can be done, stability and strength calculations can be done, and the same model can be used for Finite Element Model generation.
“Prominently there is the NAPA Manager, a unique graphical user design concept,” says Ms Juttu. “This can be called as a process handling tool in NAPA. The design of this tool is that a workflow process can be defined as a tree structure and presented in the GUI. This workflow structure provides precise direction to the user as to how the process must be executed. At each step in the workflow, there is a clearly defined input area and output area. Data for the specific workflow item can be given in the input area, and a button called ‘Update button’ can be pressed to input the data. The data is then processed, and the output is visible in the output area.
“Another key feature of the manager application is that the Update status check of each item is visible in the GUI. This update status check provides clear support for iterative design process.”
Strategic alliances are forged in order to diversify both development and marketing. Since personnel's competencies, motivation and ability play a significant role the future may see new standards being set up which is bound to cause a paradigm shift in how things are done.
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