Software Architectures for Ship Product Data Integration and Exchange (SEASPRITE)

Duration: 01.07.1996 – 30.06.1999 (36 months)

Coordination: British Maritime Technology Ltd

Partners: Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal), Det Norske Veritas (Norway), Kvaerner (Norway), Kockums Cumputer Systems (Sweden), Lloyds Register (UK), MARIN (The Netherlands), NAPA OY (Finland), Odense Steel Shipyard (Denmark), SINTEF (Norway), GEC Marine (UK) and Maersk (Denmark).

Funding Entity: EU ESPRIT Programme

The fundamental objective of the project is to facilitate the transition of the European maritime industry from an inefficient paper based environment to a fully interoperable electronic based environment. The project is specifically targeted at the creation of a capability that fully supports the comprehensive inter-organisational electronic interworking in the areas of ship hull design, construction, in-service survey, maintenance and repair. To achieve this SEASPRITE has improved the development of a complete Ship Product Data Model, to define the specifications of software system archiectures for data sharing and exchange, in order to support the business requirements of the overall maritime industry. SEASPITE built on the work done for the developments of the International Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP ISO 10303). One of the tasks of the project was the development of the existing Application Protocols for Ship Moulded Forms (AP216), Ship Structures (AP216) and Ship Arrangements (AP215). As part of this process, the existing models were integrated in such a way that they can be used as part of an unique and comprehensive Ship Product Model. State-of-the-Art software translators were developed in accordance to the requirements identified through specific business case scenarios. Other tasks of the project detailed the design and implementation of improved architectures of Data Exchange Management (DEM) that will support the engineering data developed along the ship life cycle.

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