It is appreciated that the project revolves around clients needs and preferences, therefore the team is in close collaboration with them.
Using the brief as a starting point for initial draft conceptual sketches, which capture our vision, in combination with clients' taste and practicalities of operation. These sketches may be draft, but are proportional to reality, presenting in the most visual manner geometry, colours and materials of the end product.
At the end of this stage the clients are presented with our proposal and explained possible lateral aspects, challenges and benefits, in order to help for our clients to select the best option for their project.
The lines plan for a vessel is fundamental for its performance and the effectiveness of the hull shape is ensured at the early stages with thorough study, incorporating ergonomics, hydrodynamics and hydrostatics. Specialized software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and stability is applied, inclusive of different hull types, like planar or displacement, mono hull or catamaran, to establish the parameters within which the subsequent development can be safely based upon. As the structural design, mechanical, piping and electrical systems are also defined, the governing framework of the initial set up is adhered to. Upon completion of construction the stability and CFD are refined to capture the final status of the vessel.
Apart from the general governance design, structural definition is necessitated, along with compliance to the International conventions, guidelines and standards, as applicable to the various vessels. In conjunction to the Rules and the fabricating realities, drawings and documents are prepared to meet the requirements of every Class Society, with close collaboration to the workshop for easy implementation. We strive for sound, easy to implement structures, in considerations of the fabricators, without compromising on the aesthetics of the end product.
Upon selecting the preferred option, the product is modelled, without determining definitive structural elements yet, but with tolerances covering them. In the case of a new vessel, modelling is threefold, one aspect being aesthetics and ergonomics, second be basic hydrodynamics examined by CFD and third preliminary hydrostatic data prepared for Stability, to define an effective hull for the intended use.
It is at this stage that main components such us main machinery, critical equipment and features are propositioned, maintaining though a broad spectrum on design. Till this phase design is relatively pliable and can be refined to meet our client's style and use.
When an optimum design has been achieved, the engineers take over to materialize it.
Another definitive factor for the operation of a ship are off course the mechanical, electrical and piping systems, often referred to as M.E.P. for simplicity. HVAC although not stipulated in the previous term is becoming a fundamental parameter of comfort for the passengers along the journey. Dedicated engineers to the respective disciplines evaluate requirements, carry out calculations and prepare diagrams and drawings conforming to the applicable regulations and market practicalities.
More specifically we prepare Piping and Instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) for the various system, in line Rules and the international standards, Load Chart and diagrams for the electrical power provisions, in DC or AC available on the vessel. We also produce shafting arrangement, inclusive of all partial components structural drawings, and other mechanical system such as ramp doors for ferries.
We can further complement aforementioned provisions with respective workshop drawings, namely the routes for the piping systems or the cable trays and ducts. We can submit a turn key solution of integration drawings for the accommodation spaces, considering maintenance schedule and minimizing back space requirements to permit the maximum possible space for the passengers.