SARC BV, which is an acronym for Scheepsbouwkundig Advies en Reken Centrum (Naval Architectural Software and Engineering Centre), was founded in 1980, when the computer age was still in its early days. Herbert Koelman, founder and managing director of SARC, was among the first to recognise the potential of computer applications in the field of naval architectural calculations. Starting with simple programs for tables of hydrostatic data, tank sounding tables and hydrostatic stability calculations, SARC has ever since been developing new software, investigating and implementing new techniques. Today SARC employs amongst others seven trained and experienced naval architects, involved in software engineering, software support, project management and project support. In order to offer their clients state-of-the-art solutions, SARC is continuously investing in research and development, which is reflected by quite some contributions in refereed journals and conference papers.STANDARD SOFTWARE
SARC’s standard software is marketed under the brand names PIAS (Programs for the Integral Approach of Ship design), LOCOPIAS (Loading computer software for onboard use), Fairway (Hull design and fairing) and Photoship (measurements of 2D and 3D Objects ranging from construction parts to lines plans, using photogrammetry). Where applicable this software is according to the latest legislations, IMO directives and classification demands. PIAS and/or Fairway are in use now by more than 100 organisations, while LOCOPIAS is installed on board of over 600 vessels.PROJECT SUPPORT
Besides developing new software, SARC also offers project support for design offices, shipyards, ship owners or any other party that lacks time, capacity, knowledge or software. Using our in-house developed software as basis for project support, SARC can ensure expert and highly efficient use of software. Over the years, SARC has been involved in over 2800 projects, with tasks such as:
All SARC employees are involved in support, developing software and projects. Therefore, an experienced user with in depth knowledge of the software will answer any question. SARC highly values this direct contact between end user and developer, as it gives excellent insight in the requirements and opinions of PIAS, Fairway and LOCOPIAS users.CUSTOM BUILT SOFTWARE
SARC also develops software on clients demand. Over the years we have produced and delivered software for specific purposes, such as:
For an introduction to our software and references, please refer to the several brochures on PIAS, LOCOPIAS, Fairway and Photoship, or to our website.