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Siemens works with Hyundai shipyard to develop computer-aided design (CAD) program

By Lim Chang-won Posted : April 11, 2022, 09:44 Updated : April 11, 2022, 09:44

[Courtesy of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries]

SEOUL -- Siemens, a German technology company, tied up with South Korea's Hyundai shipbuilding group to develop a new computer-aided design (CAD) program that would help shipyards accelerate digital transformation. They would gradually promote an autonomous smart shipyard by 2030.    

CAD is used to increase the productivity of designers, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and create a database for manufacturing. It is an important industrial art extensively used in many applications.

Siemens' partners are two Hyundai shipbuilding group units -- Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. They would push for joint research with the aim of developing a data platform that enables digital twin while actively promoting digital transformation to enhance their competitiveness. 

Digital twin, a virtual clone of an object or an infrastructure, enables design and manufacturing teams to speed up design. Shipyards have introduced advanced digital technologies and various design and production platforms for digital transformation that requires an efficient data platform for full computerization. 

"Now is the best time for research and development on CAD exclusively for shipbuilding in order to promote a connected and predictable digital shipyard." Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries CEO Kim Hyung-kwan said in a statement on April 10. "To overcome fierce competition with Chinese shipyards, the successful completion of digital transformation will be a farsighted program for the Korean shipbuilding industry."

South Korean shipbuilders work hard to develop smart ship technologies, which are expected to revolutionize the landscape of ship design and operations. Along with efficiency in traffic, smart ships can minimize human errors that caused about 70 to 80 percent of marine accidents.,


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