COMPIT starts in 11 days in Berlin

Product Data Models, Advanced Simulation and Social Computing / COMPIT 2011 discusses IT Trends in Design and Operation for the Maritime Industry

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For the tenth time the Conference for Computer and IT applications in the Maritime Industry (COMPIT) will take place in May in Berlin. 50 presentations from the maritime and IT industry as well as key research groups from academia will discuss latest trends. The anniversary event expects more than 80 experts from almost 20 countries.

"Major trends are product data models and advanced simulation technology especially for fuel efficiency," says Prof. Dr. Volker Bertram, organizer of the COMPIT Conference on behalf of TuTech and GL expert. "But we can also see new aspects rise: social computing and new applications of virtual reality will be a new topic this year."

Overview of the main trends

- Product Data Models (PDM) are broadening in scope and starting to be used over more stages of the ship's life cycle. Related problems like protection of intellectual property are being addressed and technical solutions are starting to evolve.
- More complex simulations are used at earlier design stages, thanks to more automated model generation. Scope and sophistication of simulation are increasing.
- Integrated design environments are being expanded, adding simulation functionality and optimisation.
- Software development is active for topics concerning fuel efficiency and emission reduction, both for design and on-board applications.
- Web-based cooperation is expanding with "social computing" being supported by major vendors.
- Maritime robots are improving their autonomy. Advances in individual and swarm intelligence are opening new applications in surveying and search tasks, in offshore, oceanography and navy applications.

Ship Design and Modelling with IT Tools

Ship design without computers is no longer imaginable. IT supports the naval architect from initial design to detailed design, including planning and control of production. Increasingly decisions are based on diverse and sophisticated simulations. Best business practice is the combination of experienced engineers and intelligent tools.

In early design stages, fast and experience-based tools are needed as little information is available and very fast response is required. At later stages, more information is available and higher accuracy is required in evaluations. This constellation has promoted the development of different tools for different stages in design.

The efficient sharing of information between various tools has always been a problem since the industry started using computers in ship design. Here, there are basically two approaches: (1) one attempts to make the transition from one software to another largely automatic, e.g. by developing algorithms that extrude two-dimensional (2D) models "intelligently" to three-dimensional (3D) models or (2) one consolidates the software portfolio, e.g. by making 3D modelling highly automatic, thus opening the door to 3D modelling right from the start; or by having integrated design environments that support over several stages from early to detailed design.

From electronic drawing to a complete design platform

Over the decades, CAD (Computer Aided Design) has progressed from mere electronic drawing to a central design platform. This went hand in hand with the trend to employ 3D models of ship hull and machinery. Modern product data models (PDMs) combine geometric information with other product data, such as material, tolerances, suppliers, etc. Such PDMs are by now standard in maritime CAD applications. They are the starting point for a multitude of simulation options and support virtual prototyping. PDMs support the general trend towards distributed, concurrent work with frequent updates, where increasingly information is exchanged between partners via the internet. All major CAD vendors support this trend and present their latest developments.

However, PDMs are not yet used to their full potential. With the exception of some large navies, PDMs do not yet cover the life cycle of ships as they should. The vision of a consistent life-cycle product data model has become reality in part, e.g. in some applications of Classification Societies, but is subject to widespread debate and the focus of much research.

COMPIT 2011: Apply now

The "10th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries" (COMPIT) will be held 2 to 4 May 2011 in Berlin (Germany). First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a leading conference in the field of IT (information technology) for the maritime industries, bringing together software developers and users. The conference covers the life cycle of ships, offshore structures and equipment, from design to operation. In addition, the conference serves as a contact platform for recruiting and preparation of international research and development projects. Traditionally more than half of the participants come from industry, reflecting the practical relevance of the event. COMPIT 2011 is organized by TuTech Innovation, a subsidiary of TU Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg, Germany. The conference is sponsored by AVEVA, BETA-CAE, CD-adapco, GL Group, NAPA, Numeca, Qinetiq GRC, SARC, SENER and ShipConstructor Software.

COMPIT 2011 takes place from May 2-4 in Berlin, Germany. The participation fee is 650 EUR. Registration by email to: Volker Bertram
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