The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has employed QinetiQ-built Paramarine advanced marine design software to certify the stability of the UK Royal Naval fleet.

Steve Marshall, ship stability safety regulator for the Sea Systems Group, Surface Ship Stability & Hydrodynamics, UK MoD, said that Paramarine "is a fully validated product for aspects relating to ship stability."

Paramarine is an easy-to-use, fully integrated naval architecture design and analysis software product built on a modern platform to support and handle the complexities of both ship and submarine.

The software is used by the UK Navy to design and analyse new submarines and warships, including the Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring and the nuclear-powered, 97-metre HMS Astute submarine.

The system features a unique and integrated set of tools which address concept design, performance prediction, strength and structures, radar cross section, powering, manoeuvring, endurance, sea keeping, vulnerability and production design.

Using a functional building block approach for advanced marine design, Paramarine enables 3D layout for the designers for the warship to rapidly define their concept design and assess the weight and space balance.

The software also provides the geometric details required to enable the accurate analytical capabilities of Siemens PLM Parasolid solid modeller advanced design.

The software’s functionality has been further extended with the launch of the latest version of Paramarine (V7) with enhancements to its reporting, concurrent design and documentation capabilities.

Paramarine is also being used by the US, Canada, Norway, France and Pakistan.

The Surface Ship Stability & Hydrodynamics Group provides technical advice, maintenance of standards and guidance to ship projects and the safety regulation of stability and buoyancy of UK MoD shipping activities.