• Design
        • The most significant opportunities to impact the cost of building and operating a ship are found in the design and engineering phase.

          Initial Design  |  Basic Design  |  Detailed Design

        • Build
        • Even a smaller shipbuilding project is immense in scope and scale. Manage the challenges that are unique to ship construction.

          Prepare  |  Fabricate  |  Assemble

        • Maintain
        • With the majority of a ship’s life taking place after it’s been built, it’s crucial to ensure that the organization has a clear picture of the vessel at all times.

          Digital Twin  |  Repair / Refit  |  Operations

        • Nexus
        • SSI Nexus is the place where users, creators, & implementers of SSI software get together. Here they discuss best practices & industry trends, tackle common challenges, gain access to the latest software, and provide input into the future of the products that bring them together.

        • MyLearning
        • SSI MyLearning is where SSI users can access detailed training exercises, materials, courses, and certifications. The self-directed training curriculum ensures that training happens on your schedule and when you need it most.

        • SSI Blogs
        • The SSI blog is your place to get insights into the intersection of shipbuilding and technology, how our industry is moving forward, and keep up with SSI news. It’s the only place to read the latest from Denis Morais and Darren Larkins, SSI’s co-CEOs.

          Lighthouse Waveform  |  Shipbuilding Solutions

        • ShipConstructor
        • Engineering information is a shipbuilder’s most important asset. Getting that information to fit your business means using a solution that is built to handle shipbuilding’s unique challenges and information requirements throughout each stage of a vessel’s lifecycle.

        • EnterprisePlatform
        • Every process in a shipyard requires data. Seamlessly sharing that data across tools in the correct format needed allows for meaningful, actionable information to be consumed throughout the organization. Providing the freedom to choose the tailored tools required for a shipbuilding project.

        • ShipbuildingPLM
        • ShipbuildingPLM is the only product lifecycle management (PLM) platform that is specifically built for the business of shipbuilding. It allows your shipyard to manage and organize information, understand change, build a foundation for digital innovation, and support MRO activities – without the risks and costs of traditional PLM implementations.

        • Company
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        • You need a partner with a global presence.

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        • Learn more about our Platform and Development Partners.

        • Clients
        • See the industry leaders who trust SSI.

        • Careers
        • Help us make the business of shipbuilding possible.

November 3, 2011
Client News

ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI) is helping shipbuilders adopt cutting edge technologies and techniques from the aerospace, automotive and plant industries.

Workers do assembly using a 3D model as a guide
Workers do assembly using a 3D model as a guide. “Improving Lean Manufacturing Through 3D Data,” by Hiroshi Toriya

Laser scanning has long been standard in the plant industry for measurement and quality control and ShipConstructor customer Signal International is using this technique to regularly laser scan as-built models. Laser scanners have recently been reduced in price to as low as $30,000 USD and software such as Autodesk based ShipConstructor is able to leverage AutoCAD’s increasing sophistication at handling point clouds derived from laser scans.

Shopfloor 3D is another innovative practice that SSI is excited to see being copied from the Japanese automotive industry. As shown in the accompanying picture from a Japanese textbook, 3D is being used on the shop floor by workers who use terminals to view a 3D model with assembly instructions and information on material properties. ShipConstructor client Royal Huisman, the luxury yacht builder from Holland, has incorporated a similar practice at its shipyard. Production staff view and fly through 3D Navisworks models that are easily output from ShipConstructor to assist them in fabrication.

Pipe model superimposed into a point cloud
Pipe model superimposed into a point cloud.

SSI helps shipbuilders adopt various cutting edge technologies because it is a scalable software solution. A scalable solution is cost-effective and allows companies time to change technology and processes in a step by step fashion. For instance, ShipConstructor has unparalleled two dimensional production output but also has been an innovator in stressing the usage of 3D.

SSI also supports innovation by leveraging the CAD industry standard Autodesk Corporation’s massive R&D budget which dwarfs the annual revenue of even leading shipbuilding and offshore CAD vendors such as AVEVA. SSI is working in conjunction with the R&D team at Autodesk as they work on various projects to harness the power of parallel processing and cloud computing etc. to further advance the power and capabilities of CAD applications. These advances will ultimately drive down costs and increase the productivity of shipbuilding.


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