Fairway is software for design, fairing, manipulation of ship hull forms and conversions of models from other design software. Fairway is part of SARC’s suite of naval architectural software PIAS.
How does Fairway work?
Using Fairway is much like drafting a lines plan on paper, only better. Fairway offers:
Why is Fairway better than Nurbs Surface Modelers?
- Full control over line geometry, via coordinates of points, defined tangents, line types, etc.
- Fairing options, recreating the use of spline and battens, with user defined accuracy and stiffness of the spline.
- The hull surface is shaped through lines that lie on the surface.
- Changes in line geometry are automatically included in connected lines.
- New lines can be generated by the push of a button.
What is Fairway used for?
- Fairway offers direct control over hull coordinates, as opposed to indirect control via ‘network control points’, ‘vertices’, ‘nodes’, ‘master lines’ and other phenomena associated with NURBS surfaces.
- Ship hulls generally require an irregular network of lines to describe them: It will take multiple NURBS surfaces to model even the simplest of ships. Thus, the designer is burdened with manipulation, selection and modification of multiple separate surfaces. In Fairway, the network is just a result of the design process, not the governing principle.
- Hull form design, starting with a basic shape or a previously defined hull form.
- Hull design guided by a designed sectional area curve, to meet preset hull parameters.
- Design modification at any design stage.
- Hull form transformation and scaling.
- Completion of partial lines plans.
- Shell plate expansions of developable and double curved plates including templates.
- Manipulations on multiple solids for hull, superstructures, bow thrusters, etc.
- Fairing with user-defined accuracy, up to and beyond production tolerances.
- Export of hull form data to PIAS, NUPAS, MasterShip, Finite Element and CFD software, DXF, IGES, VRML, tables of offsets, etc.
- Generation of lines plans and tactile scale models (Rapid Prototyping).
- Completion of the results of SARC’s Photoship results (reverse engineering using photogrammetry), see separate brochure.
- A Fairway (server) application allows Fairway models to be used directly in construction software (client).
- Conversion of suitable DXF wire frame models and IGES NURBS surface models to solids.