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Japan's Kyushu U Adds Software from Intergraph and Lloyd's Register to Marine Engineering Program

Japan's Kyushu University will be using Intergraph SmartMarine 3D in its Department of Marine Systems Engineering. The design and engineering software will teach students shipbuilding design and operation training. The curriculum will also integrate Lloyd's Register rules calculation software to provide the analysis and evaluation of ship structure strength against classification rules.

"Kyushu University prides itself on its ability to prepare students for industry and innovation, providing them the best educational tools and personnel available," said Akiji Shinkai, professor of engineering. "Intergraph's SmartMarine 3D, the next-generation of shipbuilding design, integrated with Lloyd's Register's RulesCalc software will certainly continue this tradition of excellence for our naval architecture and marine systems engineering students."

Students will be able to create ship structure models and export related data to Lloyd's Register's RulesCalc software for structural assessment during the initial design process. The university, which has about 18,400 students, is the first higher education institution in Japan to use SmartMarine 3D in its curriculum.

SmartMarine 3D is part of Intergraph's suite, SmartMarine Enterprise, which allows users to design and build offshore devices or ships from design to fabrication to operations and maintenance.

Data exchange to RulesCalc is achieved via the Lloyd's Register's Data Interface Management Engine (DIME) component. DIME is supplied as part of an interface toolkit provided by the company to allow ship designers access to rule and procedural checking alongside their preferred design tools.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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