Most maritime vessels are typically associated with large investments and are seldom built in large series. While other transport modes enjoy the economy of scale of series production, ships and offshore structures are designed based on customer requirements and have to show high efficiency, flexibility and low environmental impact at a competitive price. Product design is thus subject to global trade-offs among traditional constraints (customer needs, technical requirements, cost) and new requirements (life-cycle, environmental impact, rules).
Advanced product design needs to adapt to sometimes contradicting requirements and ensure the best, yet flexible operational conditions over the entire life-cycle. This calls for greatly improved design tools including multi-objective optimisation and finally virtual testing of the overall design and its components.
The HOLISHIP project addresses these urgent industry needs by developing innovative design methodologies and integrating diverse requirements (technical constraints, performance indicators, life-cycle cost, and environmental impact) at an early design stage. The project will develop integrated design platforms and demonstrate the concepts in digital mock-ups.
European Research Council
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 689074.