AVEVA donates 3D virtualisation tech to support the restoration of TS Queen Mary

AVEVA has donated over £100,000 (GBP) worth of 3D visualisation shipbuilding software to support the restoration of the TS Queen Mary, an iconic steamship built in 1933 to serve Glasgow and the West of Scotland. AVEVA will supply its purpose-built solution for shipbuilding that offers integrated 1D, 2D and 3D engineering and design tools pro bono to support the Friends of TS Queen Mary and naval architects Brookes Bell restore the vessel.

The transformation of the TS Queen Mary follows a historic life in service, during which she regularly transported more than 13,000 passengers a week throughout World War II and maintained vital transport services on the River Clyde. The last vessel of her kind in the world listed in the Core 40 fleet of the UK’s National Historic Ship Register, as a ship of national pre-eminence.

HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is royal Patron of the ship. It transported King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret as well as Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II. The ship is being restored as a heritage destination in Glasgow and will be open to members of the public in 2022.

Advanced Shipbuilding Software – Ideal for Complex Briefs and Accurate 3D Modelling

Friends of TS Queen Mary and Brookes Bell chose AVEVA’s shipbuilding solution to capture the complex shapes of the ship’s design so that they can begin the restoration process.  The software used previously was not parametric, meaning it required a great deal of manual input, increasing the risk of potential inaccuracies in models and drawings, resulting in more design iterations. The introduction of AVEVA’s advanced shipbuilding software will enable the original vessel structure to be 3D-modelled accurately and in detail, seamlessly linking the model to construction and production drawings, so that shipyard production information for replacement parts can be efficiently produced.

AVEVA provides world-leading marine software solutions for the design, production and modification of large and complex projects in the offshore and shipbuilding industries. Offering the full-lifecycle solution from engineering and design, through resource management to smart production into asset performance management and monitoring and control, AVEVA’s shipbuilding technology is the most complete in the market and can integrate the complete shipbuilding process. Once the design phase is completed, AVEVA will use TS Queen Mary’s data – in partnership with the Friends organisation – for internal training and future product testing to support the development of vessels for decades to come.

AVEVA is Committed to Sustaining Iconic Treasures

Craig Hayman, CEO of AVEVA, said: “AVEVA is incredibly proud to be supporting the Friends of TS Queen Mary with the restoration this historic vessel. The Queen Mary is a shining example of the UK’s history of innovation and design and this restoration and preservation opportunity taking advantage our state-of-the-art software is an accolade that we are proud to earn. This project will not only enable us to learn more about this historic ship and its famous predecessors but will also provide great insight and know-how for the future development and restoration of similar vessels.”

Andy McGibbon, Senior Naval Architect, Brookes Bell, said: “This is a very exciting project, and with AVEVA’s Shipbuilding & Marine Lifecycle Solutions, we’re able to completely transform the design and restoration process – driving huge improvements in design efficiency, quality, and ensuring that the design is fault free and the vessel is sympathetically restored for the benefit of future generations.”

Iain Sim, Chairman of Friends of TS Queen Mary, said: “Having a fully functional 3D model is a key part of our conservation plan for TS Queen Mary. With AVEVA’s support, we can improve the accuracy and efficiency of the detailed design and steel renewal phases. The commitment to TS Queen Mary from the British marine sector is overwhelming; we are truly grateful to the whole AVEVA team.”

The TS Queen Mary has been described as “The last survivor of her class anywhere in the world” –  a shining example of the iconic Clyde steamer class of ships. Now being preserved as a museum ship, TS Queen Mary was powered by three direct drive steam turbines, and carried 2,086 passengers, making her the largest excursion turbine on the River Clyde.

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