Computer Aided Ship Design Laboratory

We operate a computer laboratory with state-of-the-art hardware and naval architecture specific software. The lab is reserved for NAME students. In addition to standard office software, AutoCAD and scientific tools, we operate a cross section of naval architecture specific software which represents a typical tool set used in naval architecture all around the world.

MaxSurf and Multiframe

Formation Design Systems Pty Ltd, Fremantle, Australia

3D NURBS modelling system with evaluation tools for hydrostatics, stability, resistance & propulsion, structural strength and seakeeping. Formation Design Systems also offers a free academic version of its software to naval architecture students.


Proteus Engineering, Stevensville, MD a company of Alion Science and Technology Corporation
3D NURBS modeling system for ships.


McNeel North America, Seattle, WA
Rhinoceros is a popular general 3D NURBS modeler with good support for naval architecture.


FRIENDSHIP-Systems GmbH, Potsdam, Germany
A next generation parameter driven modeling tool for ship hulls.


Creative Systems Inc, Port Townsend, WA
A program suite to assess intact and damage stability of ships.


HydroComp Inc., Durham, NH
A toolset for the assessment of ship resistance and propulsion in early ship design.


Amarcon B.V., Dalfsen, The Netherlands

Strip theory based program to assess seakeeping characteristics of ships. The lab is fully networked and provides access to other online resources. If you need more information about our computational facilities please contact Dr. Lothar Birk.