Finland Turku Shipyard saves time and critical resources
Sep 10, 2013
After just two months of introducing ROOM-LINK,
STX Finland Turku Shipyard is already cashing
in on a number of benefits.
“In many of our projects we prepare a rather detailed
General Arrangement drawing. The life cycle of a serious
ship project includes lots of design variations, testing,
and modifications. For many of the variants, we want
to carry out a large number of analyses with NAPA.
We gain in many ways from the much shorter time we
now need to spend on NAPA geometry modelling.”
explains Olli Jantunen, Head of Naval Architecture
at STX Finland Turku Shipyard.
A high throughput of projects is characteristic of
the Turku shipyard project design department, which
makes the design team all too familiar with the challenges
that this brings along: the engineers responsible
for the overall feasibility and for providing accurate
data for estimating profitability are often fully
occupied. Consequently, they sometimes run out of
hands when making the NAPA models needed in many of
the naval architectural analyses.
ROOM-LINK eases these kinds of peak load situations
by enabling the overloaded naval architects and theory
engineers to share the tasks of modelling and updating
models with colleagues who have less or no NAPA experience.
Thus no one needs any longer to copy points and curve
shapes between different systems. The work that many
consider both monotonous and prone to errors can now
be put aside.
Furthermore, modelling with ROOM-LINK takes significantly
less time compared to the previously applied method.
This makes it possible for the specialised resources
to focus more of their time to analysing the available
information. Mr Jantunen notes that he is astonished
by how the project design team's performance has increased
thanks to ROOM-LINK.
Mr Juha Kujanpää enjoys the easy transfer of the complicated
geometric shapes and attribute information from AutoCAD
on the department's user experiences, Project Engineer
Juha Kujanpää is very satisfied with ROOM-LINK
and its new feature of controlling information with
attributes in AutoCAD. The link moves attributes,
along with generating the geometry, into arrangement
tables. Mr Kujanpää is also pleased with being able
to do tedious scantling work and input information
by using AutoCAD only, as this considerably cuts down
the time needed for modelling.
Lastly, Mr Jantunen highlights that with ROOM-LINK
the shipyard has been able to narrow the gap between
their key design system and their key naval architectural
analysis system. In addition to making NAPA modelling
easy for practically anyone, ROOM-LINK has increased
motivation for modelling work and is saving the company
time by speeding up the design cycle. “Most importantly,
by implementing the ROOM-LINK system we can now prepare
our offers quicker than before,” concludes the
delighted department head.
STX FINLAND Turku Shipyard is the experienced
builder of cruise ships and other technically demanding
specialised ships and offshore units. The shipyard,
specialised in building post-Panama class cruise vessels,
is among the largest and most modern shipyards in
Europe, with a land area of 144 ha and a newbuilding
dock measuring 365 x 80 metres.
ROOM-LINK is a joint venture product between
Ship Solutions FI Ltd Oy and Nerom Software Ltd. Ship
Solutions FI is an independent, privately-owned consulting
and engineering company offering a range of NAPA services.
Nerom Software provides the solution for the AutoCAD