Better ship design efficiency through better process orchestration

By Claire Cole

Shipbuilding is increasingly complex. Modern vessels are more high-tech and need to satisfy a lot of requirements. How can shipbuilders harness this complexity to optimize ships and operations? The answer is an integrated approach to ship design and engineering. A centralized system to manage requirements and data allows for improved process orchestration. There is an immense amount of data to use; the key is organizing it and tracking it to drive efficiency.

Managing the product lifecycle

Once a ship is built, it’s expected to be in service for decades. Multi-role vessels are becoming the norm. Ship systems are more complex, creating challenges with equipment integration and interfaces. Multi-site construction practices mean vessels are being built modularly at different shipyards for integration and testing at one shipyard later. Adaptability and flexibility need to be built into the ship design process for these reasons.

Break down barriers for better process orchestration

Integration is vital to create a more adaptable and flexible ship design process. The vast amount of data collected and used during the design process must be accessible to all disciplines and parties involved. There should be a single source of truth for the data. Better process orchestration comes from fostering collaboration across domains throughout the entire design process. This includes:

  • Structural design
  • Outfitting design
  • Mechanical and accommodation design
  • Software engineering
  • Composite designs
  • Performance engineering
  • Manufacturing process planning
  • Production
  • Test and commission
  • Service engineering
  • Service execution

That’s a lot! And there are many capabilities a marine enterprise might need to integrate all of them into a seamless design process, including:

  • Traceability
  • Verification management
  • Digital mock-up and visualization
  • Configuration management
  • Multi-domain BOM management
  • Systems and model management
  • Requirements management
  • Supplier collaboration
  • Workflow management
  • Document management
  • Data/file management
  • Issue management
  • Change management

Learn more about integrated ship design solutions

While the lists of domains an integrated solution needs to unite and the capabilities it needs to have are long, there are software solutions that can improve your process orchestration for increased ship design efficiency. Watch our 35-minute webinar to learn more about integrated solutions and the real-life problems they can help solve.

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