3D classification takes the maritime industry to another dimension


Nov. 28 2019 - 5 min

Bureau Veritas’ 3D classification initiative marks a major milestone in digital transformation, enhancing client service, improving quality and boosting performance.

3D classification uses a digital 3D model of a ship as the basis for design appraisal and surveys, eliminating the need for 2D drawings. This solution, which combines high-tech design software with Bureau Veritas’ expertise in testing, inspection and certification, is the result of a collaborative effort by Bureau Veritas, Naval Group and Dassault Systèmes.

End-to-end integration drives quality and efficiency

For the inaugural project, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform was used to create a 3D model of a frigate. The platform’s seamless integration with Bureau Veritas’ modelling software and calculation tools allows for real-time information exchange, improves collaboration and reduces repetition in the design review process. Using 3D classification saves time and improves data quality and consistency, providing clients a clear competitive advantage.

In November, this project was formally recognized at the Europort 2019 maritime exhibition, where We received the 2019 SMART4SEA – EUROPORT Technology Award. Awards like this send a clear message to the maritime world: the digital era of shipping is here, and stakeholders are looking for new, innovative ship building and management solutions. This kind of recognition also signals to Bureau Veritas that we are on the right track, and underscores the importance of developing further digital innovations.

Developing further 3D modeling capabilities

Building on a first successful project, we are scaling up our 3D classification solution to enable practical and efficient integration with any 3D CAD software. Thanks to the 3D web viewer SmartShape, developed by startup Aerys, Bureau Veritas’ design review comments can be displayed directly on the 3D model without additional license requirements. Furthermore, VeriSTAR Project Management, our in-house collaborative platform, has been upgraded so that all comments added to the 3D model can be tracked and responded to in real time.

In addition to these features, Bureau Veritas will be launching a pilot project for the 3D design review of fire safety elements in 2020.

The long view on digital classification

At Bureau Veritas, we are bringing digital classification to the forefront, enabling 3D classification during the design and construction phase, and extending digital twin technology for use throughout the asset lifecycle. This will include in-service inspections and maintenance activities, and further down the line, remote and augmented surveys. Future applications include continuous verification of compliance and data-driven predictive survey schemes using a risk-based inspection approach.

Moving forward, Bureau Veritas will continue to partner with forward-thinking companies keen to push the boundaries of 3D classification by expanding our digital classification vision. We believe that the key to digital innovation is the collaboration of stakeholders across the maritime ecosystem, which brings together the best in technology development, testing, inspection and certification services.

Photo Credit: Naval Group