• 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.

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        • 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.

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        • See the industry leaders who trust SSI.

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September 10, 2009

Modular Solutions Meet Global Needs

A best-of-breed approach to shipbuilding software maximizes effectiveness according to a new white paper released at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) held in Shanghai.

The paper’s author, Darren Larkins, Chief Technology Officer for ShipConstructor Software Inc., argues it is unlikely any single piece of software encompassing all aspects of marine design and production could ever be best in each area.

Larkins begins his analysis by grouping the various types of shipbuilding software into what he calls an Integrated Shipbuilding Environment or “ISE”.

He writes that with, “initial design, schematics, equipment design, visualization, clash detection, pipe flow analysis, and FEA, extensive specialized knowledge is required. As a result, companies who develop specialized products in these areas often create better products than what is available ‘in-the-box’ with a traditional ISE.”

Logically then, to maximize shipbuilding effectiveness, the solution is to tie together various “best-of-breed” pieces of software. This necessitates the development of an accessible data architecture which can be facilitated via industry-standard relational databases for data storage, the use of the Microsoft .NET framework, the use of industry standard formats for data exchange and the development of Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs).

Increasingly, the shipbuilding industry is demanding that software incorporate all of these aspects allowing compatibility with various best-of-breed programs. Larkins says ShipConstructor is committed to supporting an open architecture to meet this industry-driven demand.

There are numerous industry examples of successfully adopting the best-of-breed approach with a prominent case being Austal Ships, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high speed vessels.

More detail can be found in the white paper, A Best of Breed Approach to Marine Design Tools.


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