U.S. Navy Funds Noran Engineering And ShipConstructor Software

WESTMINSTER, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 31, 2006— Noran Engineering Inc. ( www.NENastran.com), a leading developer of NEi Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) software, announced a collaborative effort with ShipConstructor Software ( www.ShipConstructor.com), a developer of 3D product modeling software for the maritime industry, to develop a program that will solve a major production problem in shipyards with safe, damage-free lifting and handling of ship components during construction. The U.S. Navy will fund this effort through the Small Business Innovative Research program (SBIR).

In shipyard construction, significant costs are incurred and valuable production time is lost in repairing components that are distorted when moving material within the yard. Lifting and handling procedures typically are the result of acquired knowledge by long-time employees mainly through trial and error. The new software, code-named ShipLift, will automatically calculate the proper pick up points and maintain a digital knowledge base. A streamlined 3D product data model of the structure will be created in ShipConstructor's design software. NEi Nastran FEA will analyze the model for stresses and strains. Pick up points will then be identified that provide safe, distortion-free lifting and handling.

Patrick Cahill, president and CEO of ShipConstructor Software USA Inc. (SSI USA), remarked on the project, "Shipyards can become more efficient, eliminate the high cost of rework, avoid expensive disruptions in their production cycles, and provide more timely delivery to customers." Dave Weinberg, CEO of Noran Engineering, added, "This project is a good illustration of how NEi Nastran FEA software can easily and economically be modified to accomplish value-added tasks for specific industries."

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About Noran Engineering Inc., www.NENastran.com

Noran Engineering Inc. (NEi) is a leader in finite element analysis software with a complete suite of tools for structural, thermal, dynamic, fluid flow, fatigue, and optimization in the aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, medical, and consumer product industries. Telephone: 714-899-1220, E-mail: info@noraneng.com.

About ShipConstructor Software Inc., www.ShipConstructor.com

ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI CA) provides 3D product modelling and design software for the shipbuilding and offshore structure industry worldwide. Telephone: +1-888-210-7420, E-mail: Info@ShipConstructor.com.



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Dennis Sieminski, 714-899-1220, Ext. 207

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