Design and project for special naval vessels: new developments and evolutions related to representation

  • Maria Linda Falcidieno
  • Maria Elisabetta RuggieroEmail author
  • Ruggero Torti
Original Paper


Today the design and construction process of a naval vehicle, with special formal and performance characteristics, involves a number of operators that has been increasing considerably in recent decades, and can be correlated with its dimensional and typological growth. At the same time we are witnessing a new design approach, where the possibility given by the computer contribution to represent processes and results becomes crucial. The use of computer for design and the consequent process of transferring to computer aided machinery system the data makes also possible to change in real time the project according to the input received from the production side, with a great optimization of the final product. This study investigates the consequences of this progress in the management of the project and identifies the innovative methodologies, bringing as an emblematic case the evolution of the hull study and the role of “planning matrix” that it also constitutes even on the graphic plane. In particular the studio cases, which the reflections presented here refer to, are related to means where the combination of performance and form takes on a particularly significant value: therefore, references are made to yachts and fast vehicles such as hydrofoils or catamarans.


Representation Design Project Method Ship Process 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Architettura e Design, Scuola PolitecnicaUniversità degli Studi di GenovaGenoaItaly

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