The integration of software tools used in design and production of commercial ships is regarded a key issue with respect to product optimization and overall business success. To overcome this problem CAE-systems are integrated with help of adapters to a networked information infrastructure. The overall system architecture is outlined and the underlying ERM is discussed to show the complexity of a product model suitable to support ship design and production. Data exchange scenarios are described which demonstrate the integration of different shipbuilding specific systems: e.g. NAPA Steel and the analysis tool POSEIDON by Germanischer Lloyd. The implementation of an adapter supporting the STEP protocol AP214 (Core data for automotive mechanical design processes) serves to show the potential of this well supported protocol in the shipbuilding context.

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