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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.

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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.

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        • 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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October 20, 2015

SSI has made a philosophical commitment to a “best of breed” approach when providing comprehensive software solutions. And it’s paying off. Due to our long standing philosophical commitment we are now well positioned – as opposed to those who committed to mainframe, proprietary technologies – to meet these challenges. Within the SSI ecosystem the ‘integration’ challenge is yesteryear’s problem. Today, the ease and benefits of integrating (or replacing) various software components are essentially COTS (commercial off the shelf) capabilities: Autodesk’s AnyCAD and SSI’s EnterprisePlatform are just two examples. For SSI this has long been our standard and more importantly, industry is demanding it as a standard.

Open Architecture Technology

An example of this developing standard is the open architecture development approach adopted by SSI over 25 years ago in SSI’s flagship software product: ShipConstructor. As SSI CTO Denis Morais explains on his Waveform blog post, “Knock, Knock, the future is calling and it is asking for an Open Architecture”:
“ShipConstructor has been designed from the ground up to be 100% open. There is not a single piece of information the ShipConstructor solution holds hostage in a proprietary format. That is right, every single piece of information can be extracted and leveraged for whatever purpose the user wants.”
The openness of the data facilitates partnerships with other companies and allows other applications to leverage the wealth of information stored within the ShipConstructor Marine Information Model (MIM).

Weight and Center of Gravity

Two of the pieces of data available from the ShipConstructor MIM are weight and center of gravity (cg). These are dynamically updated as you build a virtual product model, moving from basic design through to detail/production design and this information is critical for updating a weight estimation model.

Best of Breed 3rd Party Application: ShipWeight

Here is where a 3rd party best of breed application called ShipWeight is useful. ShipWeight is a software tool for weight & cg estimation and monitoring from early concept design through detailed engineering and construction. ShipConstructor users should note that it is now integrated into the ShipConstructor ecosystem.

Connection to ShipConstructor software

ShipWeight can be used to create a weight estimation model of an entire vessel in the early stages of design. Then, as detail engineering is done on various blocks in ShipConstructor, the ShipConstructor weights can be fed back into the ShipWeight model. At the end of a project, this information can be leveraged when planning similar ship designs since you can reuse and utilize your as-built data.


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