Marine & OffshoreFebruary 28, 2024

Dassault Systèmes has joined the OCX Interoperability Forum

Dassault Systèmes, has joined the OCX Interoperability Forum to accelerate the delivery of production level, use-case tested functionality and cross-platform OCX-based workflows to the market.
Avatar Jean Benoit Bensoussan

In response to the evolving needs of the maritime industry, classification societies are requiring 3D structural scantling information from shipyards during the basic design stage for ship certification. Traditionally, this information has been conveyed through 2D drawings, resulting in inefficiencies in the recopy of the 2D drawings in 3D model. To address this challenge, a consortium of major classification societies, shipyards and software editors has decided to develop a specific open 3D ship format.

Using a standardized OCX format enables stakeholders to exchange all data and documentation related to asset design, ensuring its verification and approval before the construction starts.

The OCX Consortium has several objectives:

  • Enhancing maritime safety by ensuring transparent design documentation and efficient processing of data related to ship and floating offshore asset design, verification, and inspection.
  • Facilitating the evolution of the OCX standard and advocating for its adoption within the marine industry.
  • Creating Conformance Classes to validate that application files align with the established standard.
  • Serving as an informational hub for the development and implementation of the OCX standard in the maritime sector.
  • Promoting the implementation and utilization of software interfaces in accordance with the OCX standard.
Design Centric Work Process ©OCX consortium

The OCX standard facilitates the direct import of 3D models into classification society systems, improving the quality, time, and cost efficiency of the certification process. As of today, many industry players have already implemented OCX capabilities, with widespread adoption expected by 2025, when it might become an IACS standard.

After a year as an observer member of the Consortium Dassault Systèmes reinforces its participation in the OCX by joining the OCX Interoperability Forum. Dassault Systèmes’ team will collaborate with other members to accelerate the delivery of production level, use-case tested functionality and cross-platform OCX-based workflows to the marine industry.

By leveraging this new standard for 3D model-based class approval, Dassault Systèmes aims to break down the barriers between different design and classification software platforms and strengthening the digital continuity across the maritime supply chain.

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