Australian shipbuilder ASC has contracted Sener engineering and technology group to supply its integrated CAD / CAM system, FORAN.
The technology will be used as a software tool in stability calculations to support the construction of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD), performed by the Air Warfare Destroyer alliance.
The contract was initiated with an initial training exercise in the FORAN naval architecture module, which was held at the Maritime Skills Centre in Techport, Australia.
The process of the integration of the technology, under the contract, is expected to commence during the first quarter of this year.
FORAN provides an integrated solution for the complete design of the ship, including hull forms definition, naval architecture calculations, hull structure, outfitting, electrical and accommodation spaces which enables the integration of the current engineering concept in a distributed design office environment.
The development of this tool is aimed at reducing costs and enhancing productivity in the design and construction of vessels.
The Royal Australian Navy is anticipated to use the FORAN technology in the design of new naval platforms in the future.
Currently, ASC is consolidating the Hobart Class AWDs at its modern shipyard in South Australia and maintains the Collins Class submarines.
The $8bn AWD programme, one of the largest defence projects ever undertaken in Australia, aims to deliver an affordable, effective, flexible, and sustainable air warfare destroyer platform to the RAN.
Image: ASC shipyard. Photo: courtesy of SENER Group.