Spain's Seaplace Adds FORAN V70 Seats for Marine Design
Spain, Nov 03, 2011 - The Spanish engineering company Seaplace has recently acquired new licenses of
the CAD/CAM FORAN System, to be used in its marine projects. The scope of the
new agreement includes the packages of Forms, Naval Architecture and Advanced
Design and Drawing of the version V70 of FORAN. These licenses are added to the
ones Seaplace already had.
“FORAN System efficiency allows us to be very
competitive in concept and basic design projects and in particular in the
projects of specific vessels for offshore operations” said José María Berbiela
after the signature of the new agreement.
Seaplace is currently using the Naval Architecture modules of FORAN V70 for
the design of an Offshore Crane Vessel with a lifting capacity of 2,500 ST and
length overall of 172,5 m. It is a highly sophisticated vessel that complies
with the following regulations: CRANE SHIP, DP3 (Dynamic Positioning type 3),
FiFi 2 (Equipment against fire class 2), PMC 2 (Mooring in close proximity to
other installations) and SPS 2008 Code. The estimated workload by Seaplace for
the design contracted is around 10.000 engineering hours.
The engineers of Seaplace have a deep understanding of FORAN, that is why it
is used successfully as the only shipbuilding CAD/CAM system in the company for
the development of naval architecture calculations and for the basic and detail
engineering of structure and outfitting of any kind of ship or offshore unit.
Seaplace has been using FORAN in projects about offshore units, oceanographic
and research vessels, patrol vessels, fishing vessels and others.
The close collaboration between SENER and Seaplace started in 1998, when they
signed an agreement for the FORAN installation in Seaplace, in particular the
following disciplines: Forms, Naval Architecture, Structure, Outfitting and
Advanced Design and Drafting. Since then, Seaplace has been using FORAN
continuously. “With the extension of licenses of the latest version of FORAN
V70, launched by SENER in November 2010, Seaplace takes a big step forward in
its technology upgrade to continue offering high value-added services to the
industry” said Luis García, General Manager, SENER Marine Business Unit.
Seaplace was established in 1980 as an engineering consultancy to offer its
service to the shipbuilding and offshore industry. Since then, we have worked in
numerous national and international successful projects for both the civil and
naval industries which outstand for their innovative solutions of high added
We are proud of our highly qualified personnel, whose expertise in project
management, design knowledge and unique experience, together with a close
collaboration with I+D+i, all add up to make us the best in our field. This is
the optimum combination to face new challenges and it allows us to achieve
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SENER is a private engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao in 1956
which offers its clients cutting-edge technological solutions and which enjoys
international recognition by virtue of its commitment to innovation, quality and
its independence. SENER has a workforce of more than 5,000 professionals and a
turnover of 1,066 million Euros.
SENER engages in the specific activities of engineering, and also has
industrial holdings in companies involved in Energy and Environment, as well as
Aerospace. The Engineering Division, SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. is an
engineering, construction and systems integration company which has become one
of the leading Spanish engineering firms, with a turnover of more than 624
million Euros, around 2,200 employees and offices in Abu Dhabi, Algiers,
Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico City, Okayama, San
Francisco, Seville, Valencia and Warsaw. For further information, visit
FORAN is a totally integrated computer system specifically developed for the
design, production and engineering of ships. It comprises several main packages
(hull forms definition, naval architecture, hull structure, outfitting,
electrical), a number of common modules (build strategy, drafting, walk-through
design review, collaborative engineering), links with production equipment
(cutting machines, bending machines, robotic systems, etc.), interfaces to
management systems and its own integrated development environment.
Running on Windows workstations connected through LAN or WAN, FORAN permits a
fully interactive and concurrent definition of the ship 3D product model. The
most recent design information is available in Oracle database(s) for designers
of a wide range of complementary disciplines. When designing each ship part or
each sub-assembly, their production processes are defined too, thus enabling the
generation of custom-made, accurate and well-organized information for workshops
(drawings, material lists and direct input to production systems), with the
highest level of automation.
The current user base of the FORAN System consists of over 150 shipyards and
design offices located in 30 countries. For further information, visit
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