Everything began in the 1960’s with Manuel Sendagorta, then Director of SENER, and his interest in the mathematical representation of hull forms of vessels. The research studies begun by Sendagorta and his collaborators showed that the use of a mathematical formulation to represent ships’ hulls, combined with the use of computers, could serve not only to describe existing forms but also to generate new ones. This is how they arrived at a general formula that could represent intrinsically faired forms, which was the departure point for the ANalytical FORms System or, as it came to be known, the FORAN System.
After mastering hull forms, FORAN was then developed as a tool for integrating all ship design and production activities. SENER took advantage of this for getting its own projects to its customers with extraordinary speed. In 1969, it signed the first license contract with a naval shipbuilder and since then this has extended to over 150 companies and 30 countries.