FORAN is a ship design CAD/CAM system that, because of its high-level features, adaptability and customization, can be used to design and build any type of ship or marine structure. Its wide-ranging functionality meets the needs of all the various industries in the marine sector.
The main industries that the FORAN System focuses on are:
Merchant, Passenger, Ro-ro
FORAN has been successfully used to design and produce ro-ros, passenger ships, bulkcarriers, chemical tankers, container ships, cement carriers, oil tankers, etc.
FORAN is a system that meets the most exacting requirements of military naval construction and is used by some of the world’s largest military shipyards.
Both for surface vessels and submarines, FORAN is a unique product that offers the following features:
- It gives control over configuration.
- It can analyze different design options (prototypes).
- It has an open interface with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools.
- It has advanced form definition capabilities.
- It manages materials and special standards and allows criteria to be customized.
- It has extreme precision.
FORAN has been successfully used to design and produce tugs and workboats, hotel boats, trawlers, fish transport boats, oceanographic vessels, etc. Thanks to its great versatility, it can adapt to the needs of any ship, regardless of its complexity.
FORAN is widely used in the offshore industry, for floating, anchored and fixed platforms as well as for staff transportation boats, anchor vessels, supply ships, rescue boats, firefighting boats, anti-pollution vessels, etc.
Some of the advantages that FORAN brings to the offshore industry are:
It incorporates industry standards for structure and outfitting and can incorporate special materials.
It incorporates special regulations.
It manages complex and innovative forms and structures.
It interfaces with other CAD systems.
It permits outfitting and accommodation design.
The modularization of the FORAN System and its ability to undertake collaborative engineering means that it can be used effectively by other design offices and shipyards of any kind, including ship repair facilities. From small design offices involved in smaller scale projects or that collaborate on larger projects through large corporations that build complex vessels with numerous subcontractors for every area.
Its 3D model visualization capabilities, virtual reality, interface with product model and lifecycle management systems, and the interface with FEM tools, all make FORAN an extremely useful tool for other agents in the shipbuilding industry such as ship owners, operators, authorities, equipment suppliers and classification societies.