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        • Achieve a Quick ROI
        • Sliced implementations and our expertise means a benefit from day one, without a lengthy setup.

        • Integrate, Collaborate, Re-use
        • SSI’s Open Shipbuilding Platform gives you a future-proof source of truth for your shipbuilding projects.

        • Change Management
        • Get visibility into changes, understand the impacts, and have the right information at the right time to execute the change.

        • Adapt and Innovate
        • Create a local or virtualized shipbuilding environment for your global distributed workforce.

        • Changing from Another Solution
        • SSI makes it easy to switch from other platforms and keep your existing data.

        • 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
        • Learn more about SSI and our leadership.

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        • You need a partner with a global presence.

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        • Clients
        • See the industry leaders who trust SSI.

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

March 1, 2005
Client News

Australia has developed an enviable reputation for innovative high-speed ship design and construction.

Australia has developed an enviable reputation for innovative high-speed ship design and construction. As leaders in aluminium vessel construction, Australian shipbuilders are looking to CAD technology to maintain their market position and cope with strong forward orders with limited numbers of skilled workers. ShipConstructor is proving to be the CAD system of choice in this environment with a number of yards adopting the software in the past few months.

In 2004, Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) teamed up with Formation Design Systems (FDS) in Fremantle, Australia to link together FDS’ Maxsurf naval architecture software with ARL’s ShipConstructor. In addition, FDS began selling and supporting ShipConstructor in the Australian market. Most ships designed in Australia are designed using Maxsurf, and now many shipyards are adding ShipConstructor to provide a complete CAD/CAM solution from initial design right through to final construction.

At Tenix Defense Marine Division in Melbourne, Victoria, ShipConstructor has been adopted for use on the Protector project for the New Zealand Navy. ShipConstructor is being used for the detailed design of two 85m offshore patrol vessels. For Tenix, ShipConstructor represents another step in their drive for continuing improvement in efficiency and accuracy in shipbuilding. Tools like the 3D fly-through are also helping foster collaboration between the various teams and helping customers track progress on the project.

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – General Dynamics Team
Courtesy Austal Ships, Australia

On the western coast, Austal Ships has become a clear leader in the world market for high speed vessels. Austal is currently using ShipConstructor on their most ambitious project yet – the design of a trimaran vessel for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, as part of the General Dynamics Team. This new class of combat ship requires a great deal of innovation in all areas of design and production and the collaboration features of ShipConstructor are helping the design and production teams produce a high quality vessel within a limited timeframe.

For further information regarding Tenix, Austal, and Formation Design Systems go to,, and


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