Ship Design in the Era of Digital Transition: A State-of-the-Art Report

Apostolos Papanikolaou*, Evangelos Boulougouris, Stein Ove Erikstad, Stefan Harries, A.A. Kana*

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Keynote. The evolution of ship design from a manual toward a computer-aided, digital approach has been drastic after the 1970s, with the explosive development of computer hardware and software systems. In today’s era of smart digitalization in the frame of Industry 4.0, recently introduced digital/software tools and systems increase the efficiency and quality of the life-cycle ship design process, but also the operational complexity and the demand for proper training of users of software platforms. Parametric optimisation and simulation-driven design, product lifecycle management, digital twins and artificial intelligence are nowadays frequently used by the maritime industry during the commissioning/quality control activities and in the various phases of ship design, ship operation and ship production. This paper presents an overview of notable developments in the above areas and the way ahead to respond to present and future challenges of the maritime industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 15th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC-2024)
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft OPEN Publishing
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event15th International Marine Design Conference - Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Jun 20246 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameInternational Marine Design Conference
PublisherTU Delft OPEN
ISSN (Electronic)3050-4864


Conference15th International Marine Design Conference
Abbreviated titleIMDC 2024
Internet address


  • State-of-the-Art report
  • Ship Design Methodologies and Tools
  • Holistic Ship Design
  • Multi-objective & Parametric Optimisation
  • Simulation-Driven Ship Design
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Digital Twins
  • Artificial Intelligence


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