• 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  |  Crow’s Nest

        • 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.

        • Locations & Contact
        • You need a partner with a global presence.

        • News
        • The latest on SSI and shipbuilding.

        • Events
        • Join us at our next event, conference, or trade show.

        • Partners
        • Learn more about our Platform and Development Partners.

        • Clients
        • See the industry leaders who trust SSI.

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

Many outside of shipbuilding fail to understand that it is an industry unlike any other. The realities shipbuilders face are often only grasped by those in our industry and addressed only by shipbuilding specific solutions.

These five shipbuilding challenges are the ones most impacting our industry today. Identifying how they affect your organization is the first step to: 

  • Enhancing your existing processes and workflows. 
  • Minimizing any risk to your projects – current or future. 
  • Better decision-making. 

Learn more about each reality below and explore how to tackle them. 

Shipbuilding is a global industry

Modern shipbuilding is a global industry, but while the benefits of that reality are clear, few shipbuilders successfully overcome the challenges that come along with that. Professionals working on design, engineering, and construction in different parts of the world have significantly different skills and abilities, require additional coordination, and need to be able to work together seamlessly. 

By allowing engineering teams to collaborate freely with each other and other teams and organizations, ensuring that the training available to engineers and drafters is efficient and cost-effective for any market, and securely connecting other organizations, departments, tools, and processes to your projects, your organization can take advantage of the benefits of a global shipbuilding industry. 

Shipyards are focused on today 

The realities of shipbuilding drive the need to focus on the next milestone. Ensuring your organization can respond to market changes, innovate without jeopardizing current projects, and align your investment with what you need to get done allows you to focus on shipbuilding. 

There is only a finite amount of resources to put towards new technologies, so any capital investment that does not have a clear ROI is a potential risk. With so many different tools, scripts, and systems already in place within a shipyard, and with existing ongoing projects that cannot be disrupted, it’s essential that any new solution works within that existing reality – without lengthy implementation or adjustment periods. 

Shipbuilding projects are at a massive scale 

A massive amount of information is generated during the design, construction, and operation of a ship. Even for a single hull, the number of data points and changes that need to be managed is immense.  Suppliers, materials, schedules, requirements, labor resources, and finances all fluctuate. To compound the problem, each activity also produces information in a unique format, meaning that your organization has to work with data and information that might not play well together.  

That variety of systems and applications involved throughout the lifecycle of a ship makes deciphering, validating, and achieving any kind of project visibility from this data a huge challenge. Equipping your design and engineering teams to work on projects of any scale, effectively track changes of any scale, and seamlessly share information gives your organization control over the scale of shipbuilding projects. 

Ships have a lifecycle measured in decades 

Modern vessel lifespans are not attainable without ongoing maintenance, repair, and refit. The ability to quickly capture the as-is conditions of a vessel, utilize existing designs and information, and ensure that information will always be accessible gives you a complete overview of your ship from build to decommissioning. 

Additionally, constant changes to rules and regulations often require significant refits of existing vessels, which causes the ship in operation to deviate further from any information captured during its construction.

Shipbuilding is a unique industry 

Shipbuilding is different from any other industry. Because ships are engineered before the design is approved and built before the engineering is complete, it’s crucial that your design and engineering teams can focus on shipbuilding and not on managing change. 

Large shipbuilding programs consist of tens or dozens of vessels of the same class. Even between two sister ships, the differences can be significant. This differs quite a bit from any other industry. Consumer goods are designed once and manufactured millions of times, buildings are typically designed and built once, even airplanes are engineered once and built hundreds, if not thousands, of times with comparatively small variations between each plane and the next. Shipbuilders have to get it right quickly while managing a large amount of change between each ship.

Tools Purpose-Built for Shipbuilding 

There are many solutions on the market that claim to understand shipbuilding’s unique challenges and may even have the technology to theoretically solve them. However, some of these solutions only try to check boxes or consider simple scenarios and forget how every designer, engineer, and planner will interact with the system during a real project at every level, right down to the deck plate. 

SSI’s founder Rolf Oetter recognized just how different shipbuilding was from other industries when he founded SSI over 30 years ago. This understanding has played no small part in why the world’s best shipbuilders have consistently recognized that the SSI platform works with how they build ships rather than against them.