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June 30, 2020
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The world’s leading shipbuilders are all looking towards implementing innovations to get ahead and maintain a competitive advantage. But even if shipbuilders are incorporating new digital technologies, it doesn’t mean that their processes are fundamentally improving.  

Are you wondering about your organization’s digital prowess? Thankfully – SSI has got you covered.  

We have created a Digital Shipbuilding Innovation Assessment that quickly and effectively gives you a snapshot of your organization’s digital development. It will even show you how your results stack up against a live industry average.  


Checking Your Digital Pulse  

The two-minute assessment asks questions from four key categories that check the digital pulse of your organization. Your results get compared to an industry average that updates in real-time based on the submissions of the participants.  

The assessment results are available to you 30 minutes after completion; however, if you would like a more in-depth report personalized for your organization, then we will need at least four submissions from your colleagues. The report will then be compiled and sent to you with information on: 

  • How digitally mature your organization ranks itself. 
  • Where your company stands in relation to other shipbuilders. 
  • Steps forward to achieve digital shipbuilding maturity. 

Key Digital Maturity Indicators  

Shipbuilding is a unique industry, and – while no two shipbuilders are the same – the need to innovate and manage information in the dynamic environment of shipbuilding demands: a user experience, workflows, terminology, parametrics, and information that simplify the unique challenges at hand. The keys to achieving success in implementing digital shipbuilding innovations lie at the intersection of four key areas –  control of data, change management, digital transformation, and open integration. 

Control of Data 

A successful information management solution that helps control data at your organization will: 

  • Maintain a history of your data through time. 
  • Control when documentation becomes officially released. 
  • Ensure that production teams are working with the most up-to-date information. 
  • Include a system of record. 
  • Have pre-configured data with item types that include parts, assemblies, drawings, spools, systems, and nests. 
  • Be ready out of the box to show engineering, planning, and production teams the information that matters most to them. 
  • Work with every shipyard workflow within your organization. 
  • Accept information from any source. 
  • Push information to wherever in whatever format. 

Change Management 

The complexity of shipbuilding makes change management one of the most complicated activities we face in shipbuilding. When working with sister ships, the challenge of managing change compounds. 

Each stakeholder will ideally want to see the information in a format that they can understand. It will, and should, be different across departments and individuals. 

To illustrate a few examples: 

  • Purchasing will want to see a BOM list of all the parts created, deleted, and modified along with the corresponding attributes (such as catalog item). 
  • The weight engineer will want a list of parts per SWBS that was created, deleted, and modified along with their corresponding weight information. 
  • The production floor may want to see the changes to the shop floor documents and corresponding CNC files. 
  • Other departments may want to see a 3D visual of the parts that have changed so they can quickly understand the impact of the change on their activities. 

Digital Transformation 

With only a finite amount of resources to put towards a digital transformation, any capital investment that does not have a clear ROI is a potential risk. Shipbuilders need to focus on identifying the biggest hurdle stopping them from improving the processes, workflows, and knowledge transfers that are inherent to every project. Identifying the activities that can give you a return from day 1, without jeopardizing the projects already at hand, is key. 

Open Integration 

Shipbuilders that embrace the idea that information must freely flow across many systems, tools, and companies are at an advantage. Doing so makes it possible to innovate rapidly, make better decisions, and focus on shipbuilding, without spending time and effort on implementing solutions manually. They can guarantee that information is available to the right stakeholder, in the right format, and at the right time. 


See How Your Organization Stacks Up 

The leading shipbuilders in our industry have embraced each of the four key areas of this assessment. By getting control of their data, effectively managing change, thoughtfully implementing digital transformation initiatives, and committing to open integration, these shipbuilders are well-positioned to continue remaining digital leaders. 

Take the two-minute assessment to see where your organization stands compared to others in the industry, what leaders are doing differently, and get access to a customized report made just for you and your team complete with suggestions for the way forward. 

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