Known for Its Complex Designs, Cmdb Almaz Needed a Simple Solution
St. Petersburg, Russia – Founded in 1949, Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau (CMDB Almaz) is a leading design and engineering organisation in the Russian shipbuilding industry, distinguished by its range of designs and their complexity. It is the leading Russian designer of high speed craft, small and medium-size surface warships, landing air cushion vessels, mine countermeasures vessels, special purpose vessels and floating docks
The company’s designs have been embodied in about 26,000 combat craft, ships and vessels of various applications, built in many different countries. Since 1957, CMDB Almaz has delivered ship designs to over 40 countries and gained an excellent reputation for the quality of its work. Worldwide, seven shipyards are currently building vessels to CMDB Almaz’s designs.
The company’s innovative designs have been implemented in a number of unique ships, including Uragan, a small automatically controlled hydrofoil missile ship, and a Dergach, a surface-effect missile ship later named Promornik ACV. Other projects include surface vessels, technical research ships and docks.
As a result, CMDB Almaz possesses unique experience, not only in ship design and engineering, but also in collaborating with other shipyards.
In Need of an Integrated Approach
Shipbuilding is today a highly concurrent process. Engineering and design bureaus must work in parallel with construction yard teams. Keeping project data accurate throughout the project is crucial.
CMDB Almaz realised that to achieve this they would need an integrated approach to Engineering & Design supported by the appropriate tools on a common platform available to all project disciplines.
Specifically, CMDB Almaz wanted to be able to automatically produce outfitting drawings with seamless integration between outfitting and hull design. CMDB Almaz decided to migrate all work onto a common platform supporting all project disciplines. The company already had extensive experience with Tribon, so in 2012 migrated to AVEVA Marine, AVEVA’s specialised Integrated Engineering and Design solution for shipbuilders.
Powerful Technology Solutions
AVEVA Marine is an integrated suite of software for the design and construction of every type of ship and offshore project. Using powerful object-centric technology, it is the most productive engineering software solution available for the marine industries.
CMDB Almaz’s deployment of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering and Design helped the company to cut project timescales and costs. Immediate benefits included coherence between design elements and the ability to work from a common database, and the more efficient design of flat and curved hulls.
Automatic production of outfitting drawings and deliverables is also a big advantage, as is increased efficiency in system administration. CMDB Almaz now benefits from seamless integration between outfitting and hull design.
The company is now able to deliver accurate and detailed 3D design models to construction teams. For CMDB Almaz, it is the only way to work; the bureau always delivers the 3D model to customers as a matter of course, unlike many other Russian design bureaus. This enables significant reduction in hull construction and outfitting time, and cost savings through being able to accurately procure and schedule materials.