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Interview with Rafael Martínez-Abarca Martínez, Operations Manager at SENER FORAN

Foran is a design and construction system for ships and marine equipment that was developed by Sener 50 years ago and is currently licensed in more than 150 shipyards and technical offices in 40 countries. It is a solution that fully integrates all construction disciplines and is used in all phases of ship design and production. This system benefits from Sener’s knowledge of marine engineering and design, which also offers services as a marine engineering office.

As far as we already know, because of its adaptability and adaptability, it can be used in the design and construction of all types of marine or marine equipment. Which industries does the Foran system focus on?

FORAN was originally developed as an integrated, open and flexible CAD / CAM / CAE tool for ship design. Due to its own evolution and adaptability, its use has expanded to areas other than ship design and found its way into the offshore world, in both oil and gas and ocean winds.
The marine Elica area will be discussed later, and in relation to the world of oil and gas, it should be noted that relevant design companies that have traditionally used FORAN for ship designs for their clients, such as Multimaritime, Havyard, Rolls Royce or Navantia itself in The Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 Oilfield HVDC Module For Aibel and Equinor in Norway they completed offshore constructions with the tools provided by FORAN.

What are the characteristics of surface ships and submarines?

The FORAN system provides an integrated tool that covers all phases of ship design in all disciplines involved during the design, construction and operation process through integration with PLM systems.
Therefore, it is the application that provides all of the documentation that is processed in the areas of concept / contract development, basic engineering, classification engineer, detail engineer, and production engineer.
All of this is covered by flexible tools and a high degree of automation in the disciplines of naval architecture, structure, machines, equipment and services, electricity, plan management and communication with PLM systems.
This last discipline is of particular importance in military shipyards as the entire life cycle of each unit built must be managed from design to operation of the ship. With this in mind, SENER has developed integrations with the most important PLMs on the market and thus provided the shipyards for military shipbuilding and their customers, the armed forces, with tools with which they can not only control design and production, but also the operation of the units during their service time.

Besides applications on military and civilian vessels of various types, including offshore, what other uses does Foran have?

As already mentioned, the versatility of FORAN makes it easier to use in industrial design beyond what was originally intended as the only area of ​​application, the shipbuilding sector.
The use of FORAN in the offshore world, both in the oil and gas industry and in wind generation, is complemented by the possibility of using the system in onshore industrial plants, as the collaboration between SENER technicians from all engineering disciplines involved shows. This leads to very satisfactory results, such as the design of the internal storage tank for liquefied natural gas as part of the BBG (Baha de Bizkaia Gas) project.
In civil engineering design, progress has been made in adapting FORAN to the design of metal structures. Satisfactory results were achieved by importing structures from calculation systems. This import creates an almost automatic generation of structures in FORAN using specific standard connections of this type of design that are not common in the marine world. The 3D model obtained in this way can be used to obtain manufacturing information and drawings, and can be exported to CAD systems specially developed for this technical area.

What technology and capabilities does Foran offer compared to other design and construction models for ship and ship artifacts?

It is a fully integrated design model that combines the entire design into a single, commercial and very compact database. The system has a marine approach that covers all design and construction requirements of ships and marine equipment. It includes technologies for remote access to information as well as artificial intelligence for monitoring the model, which minimizes the possibility of design errors and supports its use.
FORAN offers the handling of series of twin ships as a unique feature, which results in significant design savings and allows the management of the configuration of military ships throughout the life cycle of the series ships.
FORAN offers connectivity with a wide variety of systems for manufacturing processes, robot and material management, organization and the life cycle of the ship. All of this integrated in a single product.

Regarding the collaboration with Navantia, in which parts of the design is the Foran system used?

Since the National Bazn Company acquired the first FORAN licenses in 1969 to develop naval architecture calculations in their projects, the Navantia Group has now integrated the full application of the FORAN system into all factories.
In this way, Navantia uses FORAN in all phases of its projects (from concept development to the final construction phase for production) and in all construction disciplines: naval architecture, structural engineering, equipment, machines and services as well as construction. Electrics.
It’s worth noting that Navantia pioneered the use of FORAN integration with the PLM Windchill, an integration developed by SENER in response to Navantia’s technical needs. This was evidence of corporate collaboration in the marine sector and a very important milestone. relevant for opening the FORAN system to third-party applications.
With this in mind, it is understood that FORAN is Navantia’s design tool in all of its recent projects and designs, such as:
6 maritime action ships (BAM) for the Spanish Navy. Last units delivered: Bold and Fury.
Turkish Landing Platform Dock (TLPD) project for the Turkish Navy.
5 corvettes for the Saud Navy (KSA project), two of which have already started.
2 logistics ships for the Australian Navy (AOR project).
S-80 Plus submarines for the Spanish Navy.
F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy
It should be noted that Navantia took an active part during the technical specification phase of FORAN electricity system design, bringing the experience of its professionals to jointly develop a complete electrical design tool that is integrated with the rest of the engineering disciplines.

What does the use of Sener’s Foran electrical system in the S-80 Plus submarine mean?

The use of FORAN in the electrical design of the S-80 Plus has shown that the collaboration between Navantia and SENER, ie between designers / manufacturers and developers of software solutions, has been enormously effective.
Navantia has successfully completed the activities related to the electrical construction of a particularly complex unit such as the submarine S-80 Plus, from functional planning with the circuit diagrams to manufacturing and assembly information with positioning of devices, electrical shelves, etc. Cable tracking, Wiring and signal management.
It is not the first unit to be built in Navantia on the basis of the electrical construction tools provided by the FORAN system, but only in the Cartagena factory, in a project of particular importance to the Spanish Navy.

A large number of shipbuilding companies have entered the wind farm equipment field. Can the Foran system be used for this type of marine facility?

Without doubt. The versatility of the FORAN system, the integration of all the disciplines of industrial design into a single tool and the flexibility and openness of the data contained in a single database have led to the introduction of the system for the design of agricultural equipment, such as the projects developed by Navantia demonstrate:
Viking wind farm in Germany, in two 2 substations.
East Anglia ONE wind farm in Great Britain – North Sea with 102 wind turbines and a substation.

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