Many tools handle with the calculation of compartment definition, hydrostatics, intact and damage stability and power prediction, but these calculations are separated from the rest of ship CAD/CAM tools. Ship designers need to work closely with the shipyards, in a complex and distributed environment making necessary to have suitable tools at early design stages to ensure profitable projects.

Naval architecture is handled in FORAN with a revolutionary approach, where integration and advanced features are the relevant characteristics in a single and complete set of applications that are used in conjunction to other disciplines, from concept design to operation. This new approach groups the former modules for naval architecture available in FORAN from many years, is intuitive and user-friendly. The information is stored in a database instead of a wide set of files. As regards this feature, there are two different alternatives depending on the scope of the project. If the ship designer wants to calculate only naval architecture calculations, the solutions is based on a SQLITE database suitable for a standalone application. This approach benefits a ship design office, in the study of different design alternatives very quickly but having a complete control of them. The other option is integrating the Naval Architecture with the rest of FORAN design disciplines, in a single database based in Oracle. In this case, the great benefit comes from the single truth of data from concept design to operation, which ensures dramatically the reduction of errors and re-work. After the definition of compartments in 3D, by using a very fast application, the module guides the user through the naval architecture calculations with a tree of elements very intuitive, with powerful key algorithms and with a solid representation of spaces. The definition of the necessary entities to make any kind of calculation is very fast. For the intact stability a set of standard stability criteria is provided. It is based in a quick definition of loading conditions, initial situations, flooding conditions and compartment subdivisions. And for the evaluation of the damage stability a set of standard stability criteria are also provided, following deterministic and probabilistic approaches. With these tools any naval architect is able to make very fast all the necessary studies to assure the stability regulations are complied with.

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