Napa Group has released a new software version, NAPA 2008.1, with numerous updates and novel features in different segments of the software. One of the main areas of focus has been the development of new tools for probabilistic damage stability calculations. This development work is made very important by the fact that the new SOLAS 2009 regulations.
The new release has the capability to check compliance with SOLAS 2009. In damage generation, for instance, NAPA can now handle the complexity caused by A-class bulkheads. Furthermore, the horizontal escape routes can be now modeled and are taken into account in the calculations. In addition, much development work has been done to make it easier to use these extensive features; to this end, a new user interface has been introduced, in the form of a NAPA Manager.
The revised PROB Manager application provides an intuitive workflow that guides the user through the process of making the calculations. Napa has also taken the first step towards what the latest technologies have provided for reporting. Napa has implemented a new functionality set that produces XML output of all the components, such as tables, graphics, text and so on. The XML generated in this way follows the specification of DocBook, which is a commonly used semantic markup language for technical documentation.