ISD lab

Integrated Ship Design

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.

Today, the Integrated Ship Design Lab (ISD lab) has been legally founded. The laboratory, part of the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste and it's located in building C5 inside Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering institute. Le laboratory has the aim to innovate the ship design processes as well as to research and design new types of ships. The main objective of ISD Lab is to go beyond the design system by system, approaching the ship as a whole. The Ship is a complex system where all subsystems has many different feasible layouts as well as constraints, requirements and interconnections. Nevertheless, they contributes all together to the success of design process. Therefore only approaching the aspects all together and balancing their performances, it is possible to reach the most feasible design: the design that guarantees the best economic performance (commercial ships) and/or the best operative skills (military ships, pleasure yachts, research ships etc.). This is the challenge of ISD Lab along with increase ships’ safety and lower environmental impact of vessels. To face up to these topics ISD Lab created a multidisciplinary team capable to use the most advanced tools for ship design as well as developing in house build software.

On February 17 the Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia approved the rankings for standard and strategic projects (action 1.3.b) founded by POR FESR 2014-2020, the Eropean Found for Regional Devlopment. The ISD lab will develop four research projects in this framework for a whole capacity of 1,036,100.74 € and with a duration from 12 moths to 24 moths. The projects are the following: Active (Air Cavity Technology for Inland Vessel), EDSS (Emergency Decision Support System), PlastiCo (Plastic Covers for marine engine) and ZELAG (Zero Emission Navigation “Laguna di Grado”).

The Active project will have a duration of two years and it will be carried out in partnership with Navalprogetti S.r.l. and Tergeste Power and Propulsion S.r.l. The topic of the project the application of air cavity system on inland vessel in order to reduce fuel consumption and consequently the emissions.

The EDSS project will have a duration of 15 moths. The ISD lab will provide a consultancy to Seastema S.p.a. (Fincantieri Group) in order to develop a new generation of onboard stability software capable to support decisions during emergencies as well as perform all the calculation of a standard loading computer and reduce fuel consumption trough an optimum ballast module.

PlastiCo project aims to develop special plastic materials for marine applications (non-structural parts of marine engines). The project will be carried out by Nanto Protective Coating S.r.l. and AEP Polymers S.r.l. in partnership with the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste. ISD lab will cooperate with other specialists in Material Engineering to fulfil the objective of the project, which will last two years.

The ZELAG project will have a duration of 12 months and will be developed by ISD Lab in partnership with Alto Adriatico Custom S.r.l. and Friulinossidabili S.r.l. The aim of the project is to design a new hybrid vessel for inland waters optimized for the peculiar characteristics of Grado lagoon. The concept of this vessel will be the base of a new generation of green vessels reducing emissions, noise and the environmental impact of all the ship lifecycle.

The European Commission has selected six 'blue career' and four 'blue labs' projects for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Grant agreements are being prepared for signature. The new 'blue career' projects will work towards enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, while the 'blue labs' projects will focus on young researchers helping them to bring research results to the market. A budget of EUR 3.45 million (blue careers) and EUR 1.7 million (blue labs) is available.

ISD Lab is engaged in ASSESS, one of the projects admitted for founding. ASSESS is an education and training project focused on professional profiles specialised in safety and security for ships and off-shore structures. The three main concerns are: safety and security for ships and off-shore infrastructures, for people (human life at sea) and for the environment. The project will address both higher education and vocational training. ISD Lab will develop ASSESS project in partnership with Maritime Technology Cluster (Mare TC FVG), Lloyd's Register EMEA, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR ISEAN)


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