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FORAN – CAD / CAM / CAE Design, Engineering and Production System for Shipbuilding

FORAN is developed and maintained by SENER Ingeniera y Sistemas SA, the largest private and independent engineering company in Spain, with more than 45 years of experience in ship design, which ensures that the final product is truly an effective tool with a single objective: to design and build ships faster, better and cheaper.

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FORAN has been devised and developed for the design, engineering and production of all types of ships and other floating units and comprises the disciplines of forms definition, naval architecture, steel structure, machinery and outfitting, electrical, accommodation, from conceptual design to detail engineering.

FORAN is developed and maintained by SENER Ingeniera y Sistemas SA, the largest private and independent engineering company in Spain, with more than 45 years of experience in ship design, which ensures that the final product is truly an effective tool with a single objective: to design and build ships faster, better and cheaper.


FORAN is a fundamental tool to reduce costs and to improve the productivity in the design and construction of vessels. The system is applicable to all types of ship, regardless of their size, and can be fully customised to the particular requirements of each user.


With better information and controls, production benefits significantly from less rework, reduction of scrap and margins, fewer instances of material shortages and added costs of delays and disruptions. The production quality improves significantly, while the construction hours and the material costs decrease.

Navantia is building five Nansen Class anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Norwegian Navy (Courtesy of Navantia - formerly Izar).
Ship design for Norwegian Coast Guard (Courtesy of Langsten Aker Yards).
FORAN was used in the design of the Scorpene Class Submarine (Courtesy of Navantia formerly Izar).
Hull form example of a SWATH vessel.
FORAN is the leading edge CAD / CAM / CAE technology in shipbuilding (Courtesy of Severnoye DB).


The technical department attains increased engineering capacity and delivers high quality information for workshops thanks to: The application of concurrent engineering practices The overlapping of class and detail designs The automatic generation of customised production information The availability to perform and control design modifications.


One of the most important advantages of FORAN is the integration of the entire range of design disciplines in a common product model database. This, combined with the seamless continuity between the basic and the detail stages of the design and the homogeneous development of all its packages, makes possible the highest level of concurrent engineering.


FORAN offers maximum adaptability, providing shipyards of any size and organisation with customised solutions for the design and production of all types of ship. In addition, its modular structure permits a flexible and progressive implementation.


With a friendly 3D graphical user environment, FORAN is very easy to learn, implement and operate. The users concentrate their effort on the design, not on computer issues, which maximises the efficiency of the designers.


As a consequence of its open database structure, FORAN greatly facilitates the transfer of information between technical and corporate information systems, ensuring the highest connectivity of the system with the management areas of the shipyard.


FORAN has a very competitive pricing tier, offering good value and flexible licensing levels.


With vast experience of more than 40 years in the design of a wide variety of ships, either new buildings or conversions, SENER renders engineering services to shipyards, shipowners, and national and local administrations.

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SENER Appoints Jorge Unda as CEO

Jorge Unda has been selected as CEO for SENER, replacing Jorge Sendagorta, who previously combined the positions of president and CEO.

22 May 2018

SENER and Port of Seville Digitising Navigable Waterway

SENER and the Port of Seville have begun working on digitalising the navigable waterway, which will allow the implementation of the European RIS Standard for an IT-based optimisation of navigation on the Guadalquivir.

23 February 2018

SENER’s FORAN System Used in SIMA

SENER recently signed a deal to install its FORAN marine design and construction system at the Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) in Callao, Peru.

17 January 2018

SENER Exhibiting at ICCAS 2017

SENER engineering and technology group and its subsidiaries in South Korea and China are exhibiting at the 18th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS).

26 September 2017

Brazilian Shipyard BECONAL Uses FORAN

SENER has signed a contract with Brazillian shipyard Bertolini Construção Naval da Amazônia Ltda (BECONAL), providing it with a licence to use its marine design and construction system, FORAN, a CAD/CAM/CAE software programme for the design and production of all kinds of ships and vessels.

20 April 2017

SENER Participates in the Hydrogen and Industry Conference in Bilbao

The SENER engineering and technology group took active part in the Hydrogen and Industry conference, in the assembly hall of the Official Association of Industrial Engineers of Biscay (COIIB by its Spanish initials) in Bilbao, on February 16. SENER has shown a presentation based on its experience in the design of bunkering vessels for liquefied gases.

22 February 2017

SENER Presented with 11th Masterinstal Award

SENER engineering and technology group has received the 11th Masterinstal Award in the Energy Efficiency and Energy Management category, for a power cogeneration project developed jointly with GTEL and Siemens for the Brazilian industry.

16 November 2016

Sener Announces Second Contract in JUICE Space Mission

Sener engineering and technology group announced at the UK Farnborough International Airshow the recent award by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of the medium-gain antenna for the JUICE mission.

11 September 2016

Turnkey Project Performed by Techint E&C and Sener Received First LNG Carrier

The regasification plant in Dunkirk, France, a turnkey project carried out by TS LNG, a consortium comprising Techint Engineering & Construction and Sener engineering and technology group, received its first LNG carrier in the morning of 8 July, initiating the installation's commissioning phase.

10 August 2016

SENER Unveils Top-Level Dot Brand Domain on New Website

The Sener engineering and technology group has launched a new website, under the domain, which provides information on the group's main activities, news and projects in the engineering and construction area.

30 June 2016

Sentinel-1B uses a deployment system developed by SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group is present in Copernicus, the European Earth observation programme led by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). In particular, SENER provides technology in the Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-5 programmes.

2 June 2016

Sener and Acciona Begin Turnkey Construction of Kathu Solar Park Complex for €500m

The consortium formed by the engineering and technology group Sener and Acciona, and led by global infrastructure and renewable energy leader Acciona, has started the turnkey construction of the Kathu Solar Park Complex, after signing the contract with the consortium that owns the project, led by ENGIE, for more than €500m.

2 June 2016

SENER technology Returns to Mars with ExoMars 2016 and 2018

The SENER engineering and technology group is participating in ExoMars, a European Space Agency (ESA) programme that includes two missions: ExoMars 2016, consisting of an orbiter and a descent module that will land on Mars, and ExoMars 2018, which will put an exploration rover on the Red Planet's surface.

3 May 2016

Manuel Jiménez Made New Financial and Administrative Director of SENER

The engineering and technology group SENER has appointed Manuel Jiménez as Financial and Administrative Director of SENER's engineering and construction division, replacing José Luis Anzola, who has held the position of Corporate Chief Financial Officer of the SENER Group since 2015.

21 April 2016

SENER Responsible For Virtual Gas Pipeline in Bolivia

The engineering and technology group SENER led the construction consortium on a turnkey project for YPFB, and participated in the inauguration ceremony, presided over by Evo Morales, president of the plurinational state of Bolivia.

16 February 2016

Sener Organises its First Foran Day in Singapore

Sener technology and engineering group, a world reference in the marine field, organised its first Foran Day in Singapore with a great welcome of actors of shipbuilding industry in the region.

3 December 2015

Sener presents Foran FBasic in SNAME WMTC 2015

Sener engineering and technology group took an active part in the World Maritime Technology Conference 2015, the annual congress organised by the US association of naval architects (SNAME), which groups most areas within the maritime industry.

23 November 2015


SENER has participated in INMEX SMM India, which concluded recently. INMEX SMM INDIA is South Asia's largest maritime event held in September 2015 from 23 to 25 in Mumbai, India.

26 October 2015

SENER Announces Software Contract with BAE Systems

The Spanish company SENER, Ingeniería y Sistemas SA has closed a contract with UK-based BAE Systems for the integration between FORAN CAD / CAM system and PTC's Windchill PLM System to be used in the design and manufacturing activities of Type 26 programme.

29 July 2015

Introducing the New FORAN V80 by SENER

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA has recently launched the new version of its marine CAD / CAM system, the FORAN V80, which incorporates new capabilities to cope with the most stringent demands from the marine shipbuilding, civil, offshore, and naval industries.

28 July 2015

SENER Group Grows Again in 2014

The engineering and technology group SENER ended 2014 with a turnover of 1,315.7 billion Euros; an increase of 8.02% over the previous year.

9 June 2015

SENER Presents in SNAME Convention

SENER once again took part in the annual Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) convention in the US.

26 November 2014

UDIN Engineering Boosts FORAN in Korea

Busan-based Unique Design and Intellectual Networks Engineering (UDIN) has recently entered into agreement with SENER Korea Engineering and Systems (SKES) for the permanent license of the FORAN System and related technical assistance.

10 October 2014

SENER Exhibits at ASNE Day

SENER participated in ASNE Day, the annual congress and exhibition held by the American Society of Naval Engineers, which took place from 19 to 21 February 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.

2 April 2014

SENER Announces the Eighth FORAN Users Meeting

SENER has announced the eighth edition of the FORUM (FORAN Users Meeting), that will take place from 11 to 13 of June 2014 at 'Parador de la Granja de San Ildefonso' located in Segovia, Spain.

18 March 2014

Shanghai Jiao Tong University receives FORAN License

On 4 December, during the Marintec 2013 international exhibition held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre, the Academic License Agreement between SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA (SIS) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was signed.

13 December 2013

FORAN System in Stasiun Teknik, Indonesia

Stasiun Teknik, a maritime engineering company based in a newly created design office from Batam (Riau, Indonesia), has selected FORAN as their main design tool for marine consultancy.

22 October 2013

SENER’s Great Participation in ICCAS 2013

With ten delegates, from its marine business unit and its subsidiaries in South Korea, Japan and China, six papers about the FORAN System, an open stand in the exhibition area and an audiovisual presentation, SENER has been one of the most active companies in the 16th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) from 24 to 26 of September in Busan.

3 October 2013

STX Canada Marine Purchases the FORAN System

The naval architecture and marine engineering consultant STX Canada Marine (STXM), has signed a contract with Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. (SENER) for the license to use the FORAN CAD/CAM System.

3 October 2013

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, in Florida, signs for FORAN

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, (Eastern) has entered into an agreement with the Spanish company SENER for the license to use the FORAN CAD / CAM System, developed by SENER, in their shipbuilding activities. With this, Eastern has taken the steps to enlarge a ship design office at its shipyards in Panama City, Florida, US.

17 September 2013

SENER Presents Paper on Early Design in COMPIT

SENER has taken part, once again, in COMPIT, the international conference on computer applications and information technology in the maritime industries, which takes place every year in Europe. This edition took place on 14-17 April in Cortona, Tuscany, in Italy.

30 May 2013

NAVGATHI Engineering in India Acquires FORAN

Navgathi Marine Design and Constructions has signed a contract with SENER for the use of FORAN in their design and shipbuilding activities in the town of Kochi, India.

14 November 2012

SENER Recalculates the Alba FSU Helideck

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. has undertaken new structural calculations on the helideck of the Alba Floating Storage Unit (FSU), located in the Alba field, some 130 nautical miles northeast from Aberdeen.

6 November 2012

SENER in SMM Hamburg

Once again, SENER took active part in SMM Hamburg, the most important exhibition in the marine field that takes place every two years in September.

25 September 2012

SENER and GUMECO sign a FORAN System Contract

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas and Guangzhou Marine Engineering Corporation (GUMECO) have recently signed a contract for the right to use the FORAN system in GUMECO's facilities.

25 July 2012

FORAN 2012 Forum a Success

With the memories of the 7th FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM) still vivid in our mind, the chronicle of the event evolves from a mere technical session to a warm and friendly meeting of people that share the benefits of running the same CAD/CAM technology.

19 June 2012

KR Engineering Signs Up for FORAN

Just three months from its establishment, SENER Korea Engineering and Systems (SKES) has won its first contract, a license agreement with KR Engineering (KRE) for the use of FORAN, SENER's 3D-model based software for ship design and production.

25 May 2012

FORAN Used in New Jack-Up Barge Crane

FORAN was the CAD/CAM programme used by Drydocks World, Dubai, in the development of the engineering of the new jack-up barge crane, SEP - SAMRAT.

27 March 2012

SENER Announces New Office in South Korea

SENER has set up a new office in Busan to provide improved sales and technical support to its FORAN customer base in South Korea and neighbouring countries. Located at the Centum IS Tower, a landmark building in Busan's prosperous beachside Haeundae district, the new SENER office is staffed by an

11 July 2011

FORAN in China Ship Development and Design Centre

SENER and China Ship Development and Design Center (CSDDC) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the shipbuilding CAD/CAM FORAN system in CSDDC and for a collaboration in ship design and engineering activities, and other marine related works. The agreement

28 June 2011

FORAN V70 in Norshipping

As a world reference in the shipbuilding industry, SENER took active part in the recent edition of Norshipping 2011 in Oslo, from 24-27 May, with a stand in the Spanish pavilion. The new revolutionary version of the CAD/CAM FORAN V70, launched by SENER in November last year, was presented during

2 June 2011

Severnoye Design Bureau Extends the Number of FORAN Permanent Licenses

After more than 13 years of successful and intensive use of FORAN, Severnoye Design Bureau has reached an agreement with Sener for the extension and reconfiguration of the number of permanent licenses in order to fit their new project demands. Severnoye Design Bureau, a leading company

30 November 2010

FORAN Used in Ship of the Year-Nominated Acergy Havila Project

FORAN has been the CAD/CAM system used for the engineering of the Acergy Havila Project, a new diving support vessel (DSV) built after the agreement between Acergy and Havila Shipping. As there were many companies involved in the project, different subcontractors have acquired the new FCM module,

30 August 2010

Harbin Engineering University in China to Use FORAN

SENER has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Harbin Engineering University (HEU) in China, to provide FORAN licenses to the Digital Shipbuilding Laboratory of the University, for educational and research purpose. Thanks to the agreement, a FORAN Technical Support Centre has been set u

18 July 2010

Success at the Sixth FORAN Users Meeting

From May 12th to 14th 2010, some users experience in FORAN and innovations and future developments of the System were shown in Seville, during the VI FORAN Users Meeting. Over 100 delegates from 15 countries had the opportunity to exchange impressions about the software in the unique atmosphere o

16 June 2010

SENER Participates in Condition Monitoring Standard Consortium

Spanish ship design and engineering consultant SENER is participating in the management of the OpenHCM (Hull Condition Monitoring) Consortium, an initiative to increase ship safety through the transparent electronic processing of condition assessment data for the in-service operation of ships and

27 April 2010

SENER Announces the Sixth Forum

SENER, following a strategy of technological innovation and with the desire to strengthen the communication with its clients, announces that the next FORAN users meeting will take place in May 2010, from the 12th to the 14th. The VI FORUM ("FORAN Users Meeting") will be held at Hotel “Hacienda La

4 February 2010

PTC and Sener Partner to Offer Integrated Shipbuilding

Needham, MA, US and Madrid, Spain — The Product Development Company® (PTC; Nasdaq: PMTC), and Sener today announced plans to strengthen their alliance to deliver an integration between Sener's FORAN system and PTC's Windchil

24 January 2010

GP Services Use Foran for Structure Yachts Design

The Italian engineering company GP Service S.R.L. has entered into an agreement with the Spanish Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. for the license to use the FORAN CAD/CAM System in their ship design activities in Italy. The agreement includes the implementation of the complete FORA

13 October 2009

SENER engineering of an escort Tug for Union Naval Valencia Shipyard

SENER has developed the detail engineering of hull structure and outfitting for the escort tug that will be built at Union Naval Valencia (UNV) Shipyard. The tug belongs to a series of four, two for the ship-owner Moran Towing Corporation and the other two for Costa Azul. The scope of the project

3 September 2009

SENER Establishes Office in Abu Dhabi

SENER Ingenieria y Sistemas SA has opened a new office in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. This new office is located in the Gulf Business Centre district of downtown Abu Dhabi and will be SENER's local headquarters to develop projects in the power and process sector, the civil engineering

22 July 2009

Bureau Veritas and Sener Test Results of CAS Project in Tanker Bahia Uno

The EU-funded condition assessment system (CAS) project, led by Bureau Veritas (BV) and in which Sener was a major player, had the purpose of cutting the time and costs to process thickness studies of the structure of a ship in operation, taking advantage of the ship 3D model previously created i

19 May 2009

Active Participation of SENER in COMPIT 2009

From 10-12 May, SENER participated in the eighth edition of the international conference on computer applications and information technology in the maritime industries (COMPIT), one of the main annual international events for the shipbuilding industry. Budapest was the venue for the 2009 edition.

18 May 2009

Sener and Zamil Sign Contract for Use of Foran System

Zamil Offshore Services has entered into an agreement with Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas SA for the permanent licence to use the Foran CAD/CAM system in their shipbuilding activities. With the move Zamil Offshore Services has taken steps towards establishing a ship design centr

5 May 2009

FORAN Strengthens its Presence in Brazil and Chile

SENER has strengthened its presence in Brazil and Chile, increasing FORAN system licences and signing new agreements with different organisations. The Brazilian Navy has contracted an increase in FORAN licences in the structure, outfitting, electrical, build strategy and drafting disci

2 February 2009

FORAN V60R3.0: New Developments and Improvements

The Spanish company SENER has recently launched the new CAD/CAM marine system FORAN release V60R3.0, with new developments in all disciplines that considerably improve performance during the ship design process. Asynchronous replication The V60R3.0 release allows the

20 January 2009

Sener Receive Excellent Reception in the Fifth FORAN Users Meeting”

The fifth FORAN Users Meeting (V FORUM) which recently took place in Oviedo from the 11th to 13th June, was a great success both from the organisational side and from the enthusiastic reception by the attendees from all parts of the world. This success was backed up by the high level of attendanc

23 July 2008

FORAN’s First Commercial User in China

AKRON (China) Group has decided to use FORAN as their main ship design system after a careful selection process that has lasted more than two years. AKRON is the first commercial FORAN user in China. "FORAN is a technical leading shipbuilding software system, and is widely accepted by

8 April 2008

Active Contribution of SENER in the INTERSHIP Project

SENER, together with Navantia and others partners, were present at the presentation of the Intership Project results to the European Commission (EC) and the medium and small companies of the marine industry. The sessions took place during the last December in Delft (Holland). In additio

11 March 2008

Sener Announce Software Contract

The Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas has closed a contract with UK-based BAE Systems PLC for the licence to use the FORAN CAD/CAM System in their shipbuilding activities. According to the contract, FORAN can be implemented in any BAE Systems Group company, any member of the Aircraft Ca

30 January 2008

Drydocks World Selects Foran for New Building

Drydocks World, a subsidiary of Dubai World is a leading and expanding international player in ship repair, conversion, new building and other marine related activities. Those in the Group at present include Drydocks World – Dubai, which is an amalgamation of Dubai Drydocks and Jadaf Dubai; Plati

25 January 2008

Sener Signs FORAN Contract with Aker Yards

Aker Yards has entered into a contract with the Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas for the implementation of FORAN systems across the group's shipbuilding organisation. The contract was signed by Mr. Jørgen Berg (IT vice-president) on behalf of Aker Yards, and by Luis Ga

4 September 2007

New Functionalities and Development Trends in the Latest FORAN Release, V60R1.1

The new FORAN release, V60R1.1, includes a complete HVAC 3D design application for the definition and management of HVAC 3D diagrams, featuring pressure-loss calculations, HVAC ducts for dimensioning and balancing, fan-dimensioning (pressure and flow), faster ducts, 3D-modelling from HVAC diagram

16 November 2006

BAE Systems and Sener Close €3 million Deal

Acting on behalf of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), UK-based BAE Systems Marine Limited, has closed a contract with the Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A., for the licence to use the FORAN system in the development of the Stage 1 (system design) of the CVF project (UK Royal Nav

28 July 2006

Imabari and Sener Sign FORAN Deal

Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has entered into an agreement with the Spanish company Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas S.A. for the permanent license to use the FORAN CAD/CAM System, a fundamental tool for the reduction of costs and the improvement of productivity in ship design and product

30 May 2006

SENER to preview FORAN Version 60 at Nor-Shipping

SENER will present an exclusive preview of 'FORAN Version 60' at NORSHIPPING. In brief some of the major breakthroughs of this version are: A revolutionary way to define internal hull structure New module with interactive 3D environment and innovative metho

4 May 2005

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA

Marine Department
Severo Ochoa 4 - PTM
28760 Tres Cantos

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