The Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarine is a nuclear-powered attack submarine, which will replace the five Swiftsure Class submarines, launched between 1973 and 1977 and approaching the end of their operational life.
Cloudis ship cable management software has been in use at major naval shipbuilders since 1996. The cabling for several major projects has been managed using Cloudis’ ICEPIC application. Our more recently developed CMPIC (Configuration Managed Project Integrated Cabling) software builds on our experience with naval customers, and now offers a broader range of capabilities, from design through to installation planning and the management of the installation process.
In addition to the standard functionality available in CMPIC – such as automatic cable routing, status management, change control, etc – there are a number of facilities that will be of particular interest to shipbuilders.
Ship cable applicability or configuration management software
Configuration Management (CM) functions enable the customer to manage cabling across any number of vessels in a ‘class’. The user can apply any cable or associated data to one or any number of vessels in the class. Using CM, the number of vessels in the class is defined up front and from then on the applicability of all cables and associated data are managed by CMPIC.
Configuration rules check for consistency and logic, ensuring that users cannot enter erroneous or inconsistent data.
Multiple construction site ship cable management
CMPIC caters for the modular construction of vessels at more than one yard. A vessel can be broken down into blocks representing the method of construction. Ship cables can be defined as starting and terminating within a block, starting within a block but terminating outside it, starting outside a block but terminating within it or passing through the block.
CMPIC manages the network, routing and installation implications of this type of design and construction.
Ship cable installation planning software
The user can create ‘Work Packages’ with which cables can then be associated for installation. These work packages can be defined in any way – e.g. by segregation, block, area, penetration, etc. – and can also be used to derive metrics to assist in future planning.
Ship cable special production features
Three features within the production functionality of CMPIC which are of particular interest to shipbuilders are:
- The setting of ‘tape marks’ on cables to help identify the correct point to which a cable should be pulled – the tape mark can be set from either end of the cable
- The recording of locations of partially pulled cable coils so that they can easily be found for continued installation when required
- Learning from experience, which can be carried forward to subsequent vessels in a class – for example, when cable cut lengths are recorded against cables, the data can be used to avoid cable wastage on future vessels in the class
Multi-site ship cable installation support
Where ship cable installation is carried out on more than one site CMPIC can be used to co-ordinate the activity on these sites. Access to information within CMPIC, which might be sensitive, can be protected.
Where space is at a premium and segregation rules are stringent, the management of segregations is paramount. CMPIC can be configured to allow multiple segregations on the same part of the nodal network. Where this is allowed, segregation spacing can be invoked which is then taken into account in the percentage fill calculation for the nodal network.
CMPIC also caters for the use of Mu-Metal to separate segregations, and takes account of this in its percent-fill calculations.
Conduits can also be scheduled, routed and managed in CMPIC where these are used to enclose cables when on or off the ladders, trays or hangers.
Interface to CAD systems
Our XML interface and API enable CMPIC to work in a generic way with CAD systems, enabling the data required by CMPIC to be extracted from the CAD model and vice-versa. Further development facilities are available for more sophisticated interfaces between CMPIC and CAD should this be required.
Cloudis is delighted to announce that Sea Trucks Group (STG) has become its latest CMPIC cable management software user.
ShipConstructor Software (SSI) is collaborating with Cloudis to develop an interface to the Cloudis CMPIC Cable Management Application.
Cloudis announces the purchase by Marinette Marine Corp. of CMPIC cable management software for use in cabling design and installation on the LCS and other programs. Ian Barnes, sales and commercial director at Cloudis says of the partnership: "We very much look forward to working with
Cloudis has appointed Quebec based Navware Canada (Navware) as a distributor in North America for its CMPIC software application. CMPIC is used to schedule, route and manage cables through the design and installation process and is used widely in the shipbuilding and maritime sectors. C
One of the main concerns of electrical and instrumentation engineers is that because the overall design is subject to modification almost constantly until very late in the project design phase, their ability to do their job is compromised and always under time pressure. Whilst space all
As part of its ongoing collaboration with customers to identify ways to improve their cabling processes, Cloudis has announced a new development which significantly reduces the time needed for a cable route to be found or for problems to be identified on the most complex cableway networks.
ImageGrafix Software FZCO are to distribute and support Cloudis’ CMPIC Cable Routing and Management software in the Middle East. ImageGrafix have been established since 1996 as a value added supplier of engineering software in the region and this was a major factor in Cloudis’ decision to
Cloudis has introduced a new managed service for its CMPIC cable lifecycle management and routing software. The service will be of particular benefit to new customers and clients who need short-term access to CMPIC for a specific project. The service is provided by enabling secure acces
Cloudis Ltd and AECsoft have agreed a distribution deal which will see Cloudis’ CMPIC Cable Lifecycle Management and Routing software marketed throughout China. AECsoft have over 15 years experience of marketing and supporting engineering software in China to the process, power and marine sector
Cloudis the UK based specialists in Cable Lifecycle Management and Routing software, have entered into a strategic partnership with kubit GmbH of Dresden, Germany who specialize in developing software for capturing of geometric and non geometric data. Kubit also have offices in Houston. TX.
Cloudis has developed an XML interface to enable third party applications to export data to its CMPIC cable management software. The interface is based on an XML schema which Cloudis is willing to supply to interested parties. The XML approach is an alternative means of interfacing to C
Cloudis Ltd, the cable-management software experts based in the UK, have released an API which enables CAD and other office-systems to interface to their Configuration Managed Project Integrated Cabling (CMPIC) application. CMPIC is used for managing cables from the design stage of a pr
Cloudis Ltd, the cable-management software experts based in the UK, have released the latest version of their Configuration Managed Project Integrated Cabling (CMPIC) application. CMPIC is used for managing cables from the design stage of a project through to installation and commission
Cloudis Ltd, the UK based specialists in Cable Management Software have released a bar coding interface to their CMPIC software. The interface is a productivity enhancement to Cloudis' existing Production functions which manage the planning, drumming, cutting and installation of
Cloudis Limited, the UK specialists in cable management software for the engineering and construction markets are now able to offer live web based demonstrations of their CMPIC software. CMPIC, which is based on the Oracle database, has been used on some of the largest cabling projects
New cable tracking tool set to make savings As cabling begins in earnest on the Type 45 destroyer programme a new application for the management of cables, developed under the IBS (integrated business systems) banner will come into its own. The software package will bring to