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To be at the cutting edge of shipbuilding and technology, we need to be aware of what is on the horizon for the future of our industry. The articles and papers below are how we share our findings to the rest of the industry through technical magazines and academic conferences. Read for yourself what the future holds.

Automation of Oil Rig Fabrication

Despite worldwide financial crisis, a significant amount of oil rig fabrication work continues to prosper due to the huge order book backlog. Whilst some projects have been canceled or delayed because of financing, the on-going projects are now under bigger pressure to save time and cost of fabrication.

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A Scalable Approach to 3D Visualization

There are advantages to having an accurate and detailed 3D visualization model of a vessel available throughout every stage of the shipbuilding process. However, many approaches are too costly, complex, rigid or difficult. For instance, shipbuilding specific 3D visualization technology is often limited compared to solutions from major CAD vendors that are targeted at a wider audience.

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Empowered Engineering

Shipyards use multiple computer applications to create and process information but sharing data between programs is problematic. Attempts have been made to solve this problem via manual processes or costly, yet incomplete, service based integrations. Other times, a monolithic, single-vendor approach has been tried but inadequacies of the component parts have led to other challenges.

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Leveraging Engineering Information

Every piece of information created during the engineering of a vessel can be leveraged elsewhere in the shipbuilding process but varying representations of the data are required for different software applications and business processes. Unfortunately, overcoming that challenge is usually costly and cumbersome.

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Open Architecture

Every process in a shipyard requires data. Despite numerous attempts, there is not now, and realistically never will be a single monolithic software program that is optimal for all tasks. In situations where the value of tight integration is paramount, an application from a single vendor is ideal but in situations where the performance disparity is too great compared to separate best-of-breed applications, external programs are used.

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Ship Design, Engineering, and Construction in 2030 and Beyond.

Technologies such as 3D Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality, Enhanced Visual Communication, Automation on the Shop Floor, Internet of Things, Materials Enhancements, Cloud Computing, 3D Printing, and Generative Design are all rapidly improving and more importantly, are set to converge in a synergistic way, enabling an explosion of technology that will affect all industries including shipbuilding.

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Utilizing CAD/CAM Models for Ongoing Weight Estimation and Control

Controlling the weight of a vessel over the design and engineering life cycle is critical, but is an ongoing challenge for shipbuilders. Excellent tools exist for both weight estimation and control and design and engineering; however the area where these two meet is often filled with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or databases developed in house by individual shipyards. These approaches leave much to be desired.

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Intuitive Weld Management

Tracking and managing welds through all stages of shipbuilding is usually a disconnected, inefficient, laborious and error-prone process. The solution to this weakness is to immerse the weld management process within a 3D Product Data Model environment with underlying software that is associative and that has an open architecture.

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Pulling on the Digital Thread

This paper is about how PLM can be used to construct a digital thread that can be used to support maintenance activities such as alerting and documentation.
A digital thread is the full traceability of a configuration managed product development structure (BOMs, 3D viewable formats with attribution, documents, software etc.) throughout the product lifecycle, from concept design through manufacturing, commissioning, and service.

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