2022 International Marine Design Conference at UBC June 26-30

Container ships in English Bay, looking north from Spanish Banks to the mountains in West Vancouver.

UBC will be welcoming maritime industry members and researchers from all over the world this June 26- 30, when it hosts the 14th annual International Marine Design Conference (IMDC).  Exploring the invisible parts of the ship, the 2022 IMDC will focus on how digital transformation is impacting ship design. This event will bring three days of Keynote speakers and paper presentations to Vancouver that address “challenges and opportunities in current maritime technologies and markets.”

The conference will showcase over sixty papers from around the globe on topics such as ship design, design education, and advanced technologies. A featured talk will be by Dr. David Michelson, Director of the Marine Systems Initiative (MSI) Research Excellence Cluster, who will discuss the impact of wireless technology on ship design. Another highlight will be a panel session on digital twinning of vessels, wherein a digital model of a ship is created in order to forecast planned maintenance, and determine potential design and operational issues. A full list of topics is available on the IMDC 2022 preliminary program.

The IMDC has been brought to UBC as a joint effort between the NAME program, and the MSI Research Excellence Cluster. Conference leadership includes former NAME Director Dr. Chris McKesson as Conference Chair, co-chairing are NAME Director Jon Mikkelsen and MSI Director Dr. David Michelson. Both NAME and MSI are active within Vancouver’s marine industry and bring global expertise on ship design and technology to the city, Canada’s main port on the west coast. The conference is also supported by industry sponsors Serco, Cadmatic, and Seaspan Shipyards, as well as by international marine organizations the UK’s Royal Institution of Naval Architects and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

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