ISD lab

Integrated Ship Design

Today, March 8th, the new “Integrated Ship Design Lab” was inaugurated as result of the agreement between the Department of Engineering and Architecture (DIA) of the University of Trieste, Fincantieri and Intergraph Italia, part of Hexagon group. It is a multidisciplinary space unique in Italy. Fincantieri donated 12 last generation workstations and Intergraph just as many licences of Smart Marine 3D software. The Laboratory will be used for research activities concerning instruments and methods for integrated ship design, for activities involving third parties (relationship with partner companies and training of specialists), and educational purposes, providing to marine engineering students of the University of Trieste the knowledge of the most innovative technologies for ship design and the training for the usage of the associated IT systems. The improved skills of the students will grant a competitive advantage for the industries where they will be employed.

The Integrated ship design is a new methodology able to take into account all the requirements and constraints since from the early stages of design process. This approach assures developing a final product functioning, technologically adequate, and economically effective. In this contest, all the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering are involved together with several other disciplines. They have to be combined in order to obtain the best possible synthesis. This interdisciplinary approach stimulates the collaboration of many excellences from the local academic institutions and it is leading to new interesting collaborations. In the last years, many research groups have been studying new approaches on marine plants, structures and hydrodynamics. This knowledge will be deepened with the help of the new instruments of ISD Lab leading to the definition of new methodologies and procedures to improve the design of even better ships while saving time and reducing the costs.

ISD Lab is involved in summer modules dedicated to high school students, in order to help them in make the proper decision about their future. Alberto Marinò and Vittorio Bucci are holding a course titled: "How a ship is born: from the idea to the building". The main objective of the module is to make students understand how and how many activities should be coordinated and carried out to reach the physical realization of a ship. In fact, the ship is a complex machine, requiring high reliability and safety, as well as functional performance that may vary depending on operational requirements. Therefore, it is necessary to conceive of a synthesis result that involves different disciplines, which must interact synergistically and effectively.

This message will be transmitted by illustrating, with the help of virtual reality and 3D representations, examples of naval vessels (cruise ships, cargo ships, military ships, submarines, yachts, sailboats etc.) which are characterized by different service requirements.

The main arguments of the course are: the evolution of vessels, the external appearence of the ship, the internal arrangement, the ship design process, the shipbuilding process.

Click here to view the official page of the course

Vittorio Bucci and Ubaldo la Monaca take part to iTec 2017 conference in chicago to present the paper "Early-Stage Design of Integrated Power and Energy Systems for naval vessels electrification: advanced modeling using CSI". ITEC is focused on components, systems, standards, and grid interface technologies, related to efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation forelectric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs) aswell as heavy-duty, rail, off-road vehicles, airplanes and ships.

The paper is the result of a collaboration of two laboratories of the university of Trieste ISD Lab and EPGC Lab with the Italian Navy devoted to develop the new certification standards for navy electric plants. Inedde, the naval vessels electrification is one of the most important issues to be tackled, because not only it allows a more efficient operation, but also is considered a technological game changer. Indeed, electrification offers improved operational benefits and enables mission systems continuous upgrade. Several technologies can be used, each presenting different impact on ship performance. Thus, instruments to analyze and compare different designs must be used already during early-stage design, allowing an aware and reasoned selection. In this paper, a Computer System Integrator (CSI) software is presented and an application example is given, about the electrification of a naval logistic support ship.

The people attending the event

Prof. Ing. Maurizio Fermiglia,
dean of the University of Trieste

The sign of the agreement

Eng. Stefano Reggente
president of Meccano Engineering S.r.l.

The net-working buffet

The net-working buffet

The ISD Lab team

Yesterday, 13th June 2017, ATENA FVG and the Department of Engineering and Architecture (DIA) of the University of Trieste signed a collaboration agreement to support teaching in Marine Enginieering Class. The event was attended by the dean of the University of Trieste: Prof. Ing. Maurizio Fermiglia. Here there are some photos of the event.

ATENA FVG, University of Trieste and ISD Lab organize on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 18.00 a public talk titled “The Marine Design: the challenge in quality assurance in a complex process”.

The talk will be held by Eng. Stefano Reggente, president of Meccano Engineering S.r.l. (Trieste).

The conference will be preceded by the official sign of the collaboration agreement between ATENA FVG and the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste. The event will be attended by the dean of the University of Trieste: Prof. Ing. Maurizio Fermiglia. At the end of the talk, ATENA will offer a net-working buffet.


Integrated Ship Design Laboratory

University of Trieste
Department of Engineering and Architecture

Via Alfonso Valerio 10, 34127 Trieste, Italy

Building C5 (second floor)

+39 040 558 3462

Chief Science Officer: Alberto Marinò

Director: Vittorio Bucci