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Cruise ships and electric cars: life-cycle goes digital

Cruise ships are more complicated than modern aircraft – they are made up of more than 10 million individual parts and assemblies, compared to about one million parts for the largest passenger airplanes and about 10,000 parts for a car. But both cruise ships and next-generation electric cars will benefit from life-cycle software, according to two announcements made this month.

Meyer Werft, a leading cruise-ship builder based in Germany has announced that it is deploying Dassault Systèmes’ On Time to Sea and Designed for Sea software to design and build its ocean-going cruise ships more efficiently. But the software will apply not only at the early stages: Meyer Werft’s design and development teams will now have a unified digital environment to monitor the entire lifecycle of a ship, from its construction and operation to its decommissioning decades later.

The software will allow Meyer Werft’s new Technology and Development Centre in Papenburg, situated on the River Ems in Lower Saxony, to pool most of the design and development work from its 500 designers and engineers. It will also support additional teams in Papenburg and at sites in Rostock, Germany and in Finland that are involved in building ocean-going cruise ships, river cruise ships, ferries, and other vessels.

Meanwhile the US electric-car company Faraday Future – many of whose senior staff formerly worked for Tesla -- has announced that it is adopting Dassault Systèmes’3Dexperience platform, having already deployed the Target Zero Defect and Smart Safe & Connected packages.

Faraday Future believes that future car manufacturers will have to integrate traditional automotive design disciplines with internet-connectivity, alternative power-sources, and autonomous driving technologies. ‘We are taking a user-centric, technology-first approach to vehicle design with the ultimate aim of connecting the automotive experience to the rest of our customers’ life,’ said Nick Sampson, Senior Vice President, Product R&D, Faraday Future. ‘Dassault Systèmes’ focus on customer experience and its unmatched technologies will enable us to meet our aggressive schedule to deliver the most advanced electric vehicles into the market.’

As well as design and modelling functions, Dassault Systèmes’ software will also be utilized in Faraday Future’s forthcoming manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas for plant optimisation, quality control, and real-time visibility into facility operations.

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