Siemens acquires marine digital twin software

Siemens acquires marine digital twin software
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Siemens has acquired the FORAN design tool from Sener in Spain to create digital twin designs of shipping.
By Nick Flaherty


The FORAN tool and software development team will be added to Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio to cover all aspects of the ship lifecycle, from concept design through production to operations and optimized service lifecycle management.

FORAN is one of the most commercialized design and construction systems in the marine industry worldwide, used in 150 shipyards around the world. Adding the FORAN software business to Xcelerator allows the creation of digital twins of ships for development and predictive maintenance.

The Sener Group will keep and strengthen its traditional marine engineering business line, where it offers design, engineering and consultancy services for different types of ships and offshore vessels. The group founded in 1956, is based in Barcelona and employs 2,350 professionals at its centres on five continents.  

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“The acquisition of FORAN enhances our marine digital twin, adding preeminent capabilities to our integrated ship design and engineering digital thread solution,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO and President, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “By adding FORAN’s extensive tools to the Xcelerator portfolio and leveraging the team’s industry expertise, we will be able to offer commercial and naval shipbuilding customers better control of their ship design and manufacturing process as they transition to Shipyard 4.0.”  

“With over 150 shipyard and design office customers across 40 countries, FORAN technology provides a strong position for Siemens to better support customers across the marine industry. At the same time, Siemens’ global reach and the integration of the FORAN team into Siemens helps guarantee current FORAN clients continuity and improvement to the services provided with a strategic vision for ongoing developments,” said Gabriel Alarcón, Managing Director of Sener Engineering. “This transaction allows the FORAN product family to grow in line with the expanded presence that Siemens has in industrial software.” 

The acquisition of FORAN is due to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed. 

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