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Two papers published by SARC at IMDC 24

Last week the 15th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2024) took place in Amsterdam. Two papers had been submitted for this, on which SARC was involved. The first explores data standards in maritime applications, data models of PIAS and CADMATIC and the direction for integrating these models in the SEUS project. The other is about adding pipesystems in PIAS for the purpose of stability assessment. This year, we will launch our Piping module which provides more realistic calculations for damage stability. More information will follow later this year, please also feel free to visit us during the SMM at Hall B7, Stand 422 from September 3 until September 6, 2024.

The link to both papers can be found below along with a abstract. All publications written by people at SARC are available at


Closing the Gap between Early and Detailed Ship Design Models

Conventionally, ship design and engineering are segregated activities, carried out with different software packages that thus each have their own place, qualities and tools. And consequently, a different data model. As a report on ongoing work to bridge that gap, this paper first explores existing neutral data models and standards employed or considered in maritime applications and concludes that none of these is directly applicable. It continues with describing the requirements and derived abstract data model of the SEUS project and its design and engineering applications. A graph database is identified as a potentially useful tool for SEUS data modelling, and a hands-on experiment confirms this presumption.


Piping Layout Integrated in Ship Design and Stability Assessment

Damage stability assessment in ship design is a well-established area of our trade. However, where originally only a limited number of aspects were involved,gradually more details are included. Notably compartment connections by pipesand ducts etcetera. Combined with a high number of damage cases, in practice this results in a set of computations which is not complex as such, yet complicated by its sheer size. Although in the PIAS ship design software suite quite some dedicated tools are available, those have never been designed to support the requirements from today.In this light the software has been extended with a new system to fully define shape and topology of compartments and their connections. This paper reports on the system design, its application in damage scenarios, and on complications.