Strong Support for Plate and Beam Modeling Makes Femap an Excellent Solution for Finite Element Analysis of Mobile Drilling Vessels
GustoMSC, part of the SBM Offshore N.V. group of companies, specializes in vessels used to locate and drill for offshore oil and gas. Offshore drilling units present some unique engineering challenges. They are like other maritime vessels in that they are subject to the harsh environmental conditions of the open ocean. But they are different in that they also must support heavy drilling equipment. To master these challenges Offshore chose Siemens PLM software. Offshore deployed Femap software for FEA pre- and post processing, and NX Nastran software as the solver. Strength of Femap is that it has enabled GustoMSC to create customized FEA processes using the software's Application Programming Interface (API).