Could Crash Modeling Have Saved the Concordia?

Event simulation helps automobile manufacturers design safer vehicles — and it can do the same for shipbuilders. I recently discussed my views on the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster with Cadalyst, providing commentary on how the marine industry can look to the auto industry as it seeks to prevent future incidicents. Here’s a preview of the feature:

The Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster has generated many questions, but one in particular haunts survivors and onlookers alike: Could this disaster have been prevented? It is clear that the captain made some unwise choices, which put the ship and its passengers in danger. Could something have been altered in the ship’s design to limit the impact of that poor decision-making on the crew and passengers?

Most automobile accidents are also caused by bad decisions. Some are caused by conditions beyond the control of the driver, but the vast majority are a result of drivers speeding, disobeying traffic regulations, attending to distractions, falling asleep at the wheel, etc. Automotive manufacturers have done a great deal to improve car safety, introducing features that minimize harm even when drivers perform poorly. Crumple zones, airbags, and energy-absorbing materials all reduce passenger injuries and fatalities in crashes. Automobile safety ratings for the past decade show a clear improvement — much of which is due to extensive simulation modeling of crash events.

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Simone Bonino
Simone Bonino

About Simone Bonino

Simone joined Altair Italy in 2001, and is currently the Vice President of Marketing for HyperWorks® at Altair. He has over 20 years of experience in the PLM market, particularly in the field of manufacturing simulation and business development. His current role includes overseeing the global marketing strategy for the extended HyperWorks brand, integrating contributions from the other Altair divisions, and building a cohesive message with dynamic marketing materials for the CAE and PLM market. He holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering from the Istituto Tecnico Industriale (ITI) Edoardo Agnelli in Torino, Italy.