HOOPS SDKs Power Industry's First Ship Information Modeling Platform

Naval Architect platform is first solution on the market to enable comprehensive digital transformation of the shipbuilding industry

Naval Architect Ship Information Modeling Platform

 Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, today announces that Naval Architect, a Germany-based start-up focused on building the next-generation cloud design platform for shipbuilding, has leveraged the power of HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Communicator and Siemens Parasolid to fuel the development of the industry's first Shipbuilding Information Modeling (SIM) platform. The Naval Architect SIM platform enhances collaboration and optimizes processes on very large and complex projects, helping to eliminate costly errors.

"Our mission is to connect the stakeholders of shipbuilding projects in order to get the right information to the right people at the right time," explained Sebastian Greshake, Founder & CEO of Naval Architect. "We are doing that through browser-based software that puts a digital ship model and all the relevant project information in a single place. In this way, Naval Architect is allowing the digitalization that has taken place in industries like building & construction to gain more of a foothold in the world of shipbuilding."

To bring its innovative product to market, Naval Architect set an ambitious development schedule for itself. Turning to Tech Soft 3D, a leading global provider of development tools, provided Naval Architect with a series of powerful SDKs to help expedite the development of their platform.

The company is making use of HOOPS Communicator for web-based visualization and HOOPS Exchange for data import and translation. Additionally, the company is using Parasolid, the world's premier 3D geometric modeling kernel technology, which is resold by Tech Soft 3D and tightly integrated with HOOPS SDKs.

For a browser-based platform like Naval Architect, advanced 3D web visualization is a necessity, and HOOPS Communicator delivers stunning graphics for 3D and 2D engineering data. This enables even the largest ship design to be visualized in order to show the design to other stakeholders, prepare marketing materials, or better understand complex spatial relations within the ship.

"The 3D viewer of our application is built around HOOPS Communicator," said Sebastian. "In our experience, HOOPS Communicator is the best technology out there that does such an outstanding job of displaying 3D CAD data in the web browser, so we're very proud to use it in our software, and it has allowed us to really jumpstart our application development with out-of-the-box web viewing capabilities."

Similarly, HOOPS Exchange is helping Naval Architect to build robust data translation technology - including access to over 30 CAD file formats - into its platform.

"Data exchange is a top concern for many naval architects and other people in the shipbuilding world," said Sebastian. "With HOOPS Exchange, we are laying the groundwork to import ship components from suppliers in a variety of formats, as well as providing the ability to export our data to all the standard file formats used across the shipbuilding world."

Meanwhile, Parasolid provides Naval Architect with access to an ideal core for 3D modeling application development, reducing development costs and risks.

"3D modeling is a small but important part of our product," said Sebastian. "Parasolid lets us deliver that capability without us having to take resources away from our core development focus: providing a 'single source of truth' that brings together relevant information and allows users to collectively work on a digital representation of the ship throughout the entire project lifecycle."

Overall, Naval Architect is excited about its path forward and its potential to effect substantial change in the shipbuilding world.

"We have an opportunity to make ship information modeling the norm within the industry," added Sebastian, "and Tech Soft 3D is helping us make that happen."

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company's toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. For more information, visit www.techsoft3d.com.

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