• 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  |  Crow’s Nest

        • 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.

        • DigitalHub
        • Shipbuilding requires careful coordination among many departments, but far too often the information for decisions is siloed in numerous legacy software systems and spreadsheets. Opening up those silos is what allows every department to access the information they need, when they need it.

        • Company
        • Learn more about SSI and our leadership.

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        • You need a partner with a global presence.

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        • Partners
        • 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

Once again, Austal USA has recently christened a vessel detail designed with ShipConstructor Software. The USNS Spearhead, the first of 10 US Navy Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, was christened on Saturday September 17, 2011.

USNS Spearhead being launched at Austal USA
USNS Spearhead being launched at Austal USA. Image courtesy United States Navy

Work on JHSV 2 and 3 is now underway and Austal is currently preparing to launch a second Independence-variant 127-metre Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class vessel for the US Navy. As Congressman Jo Bonner notes, “Austal… is becoming synonymous with high speed defense on the water.”

All of these fast warships are being 3D modeled in the Autodesk based ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application. ShipConstructor contains features for work sharing and collaboration amongst distributed sites that have helped Austal coordinate modeling with its office in Australia. Austal has also worked with SSI to integrate data from ShipConstructor’s CAD program with Austal’s ERP system to promote greater efficiencies in material management.

The JHSV is an impressive vessel. It will be capable of transporting personnel, equipment and supplies over operational distances in support of maneuver and sustainment operations. It will transport Army and Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles and be capable of reconfiguring to transport an entire infantry battalion.  It has a flight deck capable of handling the CH-53E, the largest and heaviest helicopter in the American military, and an off-load ramp capable of allowing M1A2 Abrams to quickly drive off the vessel.

ShipConstructor Software Inc. is proud to be associated with yet another successful Austal project.  “The level of excellence and attention to detail demonstrated by Austal in everything it does is inspirational”, says ShipConstructor Sales & Marketing Manager, Michael Viala.

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