Shipbuilding is going through an impossibly complex transformation. Now more than ever, shipbuilders are challenged to find new digital solutions to the problems they face. Quickly, it is becoming apparent that just translating the way we currently do things into the digital world is not enough to succeed.
The ideal is achieving true concurrent engineering. Where a single source of truth, live processes, and collaborative workflows ensure that everyone is always working with the same information; meaning construction can start earlier in the lifecycle than ever before. But for that to tangibly happen, on the ground floor of a shipbuilding organization and within its leadership, several key elements need to be in place.
Better Integration is the Key
Capturing the huge amount of information, that is inherent to the scale of modern shipbuilding projects and is coming from so many different sources, in one place is the first step towards this goal. But doing so requires platforms that prefer to openly share information, taking in from or pushing out to any other platform.
This isn’t a new idea, but only now are we seeing shipbuilders actively look for and embrace the technologies that allow for this. We have seen countless examples of shipbuilders who had the desire to integrate their information, but by the time they completed the process and were able to start acting on it, it was too late to take action and make a difference. Having information already in one place makes it possible to be proactive, instead of reactive.
Shipbuilders continue to become more sophisticated in how they approach technology and IT. Particularly those that are tackling complex, cutting edge projects. But even though these organizations are savvier than ever, and more capable of implementing systems than ever, every additional piece of friction, or time spent distracted from a project at hand, is unacceptable.
This friction is particularly frustrating when systems that work well need to be replaced in order to play nicely with another element that is supposed to deliver value. Trade-offs like this make determining an ROI murky, and make it tougher to commit, even if the long-term benefits sound appealing.
Foundation of the Digital Twin
By leveraging our role as an information collator and interconnector, we have been able to partner with SmartShape to make it easier for shipbuilders to visualize their projects and make better decisions as a result.
Their focus on collaborative, connected, and programmable Digital Twins, fed from a direct, native link to SSI’s platform, allows you to see and experience feedback immediately. This allows for that recursive, collaborative, and concurrent workflow to appear. With these two platforms interacting seamlessly together, you’re able to tackle complex tasks as if they were all within one environment. Going directly from ShipConstructor to the Classification Process becomes possible by just pushing your existing designs. And updating designs no longer requires the rework of creating new 2D classification drawings. Updating your design updates what the classification society sees. This is just one example of what is now possible.
Join SSI and SmartShape
SSI and Aerys, the parent company behind SmartShape, will both be at PI Marine EU 2020 in Hamburg from January 20th to 21st, 2020. One of the best ways to learn more about Digital Twins, information integration, and these new workflows is to join the SSI Focus Group or to catch SmartShape’s presentation at the event.
Our Focus Group, Is Shipbuilding Ready for a Digital Transformation? will be held in Room 3 at 9:55 on Day 2, January 21th.
SmartShape’s presentation, Case Study – The Augmented Digital Twin for Engineering Megaprojects, will be held in Room 1 at 12.40 on Day 1, January 20th.