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New version of FORAN V80R2.0

FORAN Model. Engine room.

FORAN Model. Engine room.

SENER has unveiled the latest version of FORAN, which includes new tools for taking on the most demanding marine, naval and offshore construction challenges.

The previous version, V80R1.0, was launched onto the market when FORAN celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. A year later, version V80R2.0 has added significant advantages such as a new geometric core and the ability to manage series of ships, in addition to other improvements in all of the different disciplines.

New functionalities have also been added for designing offshore objects and structures, while the specific tools Asian shipyards require to meet their particular needs have been further developed.

Also worthy of mention is FORAN’s integration with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools, which was already quite advanced and but is nevertheless perfected in each version of FORAN. Of particular note in this version is the ability to manage new line entities, together with the possibility of alternatively viewing material lists, and a new utility for configuring data modeling maps with the goal of optimizing configuration tasks. This functionality now includes multiple selections, a directory and file selector, and the ability to drag and drop. 

Ship series management

The concept of being able to handle a series of ships has been demanded by the market for some time, especially in the naval field. In FORAN, ships in the same series have shared characteristics, and modifications can be made to a single ship, to several ships or to the entire series. Meanwhile, a ship can also be taken out of a series and handled as an independent ship.

A new geometric core

With respect to the change in the geometric core, FORAN now uses Open CASCADE (OCCT) technology, which makes it possible to represent analytical surfaces, making it significantly easier to define corrugated dividers – a significant improvement in the design and production processes.

In this surface area definition module, new types of entities can now be defined for creating complex surface areas and hulls. These are grouped into geometric primitives (spheres, cones or cylinders) and analytical entities (extruding entities, revolving entities, etc.). When combined with the analytical surface areas of the FHULL structural module, the new functionalities, which include the surface area definition module (FSURF), mean that FORAN can now be used for defining full offshore structures.

The structure standard management module (FNORM) now includes a new corrugated divider standard. A new work method has also been added to the FHULL structure module for defining analytical surfaces. This is in addition to the existing functionalities for defining internal structures and the structures of hulls and decks, which allow users to generate cylinders, cones, extruding or curved surfaces and corrugated dividers based on a previously defined pattern. The geometry of the plates that are developed is calculated when the information is saved, while profiles can be created following the surfaces’ curvature.

Improvements to the nesting module

The automatic nesting module in FORAN now has a new multi-pass method for generating parametric chamfers. The new version also allows for standardized chamfers or margins to be added to the auxiliary structure. Furthermore, the calculation of welding contacts has now been optimized in the FBUILDS building strategy module.

Improvements in electric design

In the electricity solution, the FCABLE module improves how cable-end accessories are managed, especially multipolar connectors, and it also optimizes the sealed passageways for a single cable passing through a divider or a terminal box.

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