ABS Developing New Computer Programs To Aid Ship Designers

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has announced a new system of computer programs, called EAGLE, for use with the Hewlett Packard 9000, Series 200 computer recently installed in the ABS New York headquarters. A feature of the EAGLE system will be a program based on the "ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels," the standards established for the design, construction, and periodic survey of merchant vessels.

According to Dr. Donald Liu, assistant vice president and head of the ABS Research and Development Division, "Currently, the Hull Structure sections of the Rules are being programmed for the computer. These sections are being tested and validated for release in July 1985. In addition to the the ABS Rules, the EAGLE system includes program modules to perform calculations for hull girder strength analysis, ship hydrostatics and stability, structural element properties, and frame analysis, to name a few." Additional programs relating to naval architecture and offshore engineering are being developed and will be made available as they are completed.

Benefits to users of the EAGLE program system will be the elimination of the duplication of effort by the designer and ABS, and a reduction of paper flow and delays for plan review. These time and cost savings will be beneficial to designers and shipowners.

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