Digital Ship Construction

Digital ship construction software optimizes the productivity of planning and production teams with 4D planning and ship assembly optimization

Shipbuilders are working to make their processes more efficient so they can achieve higher throughput to meet the demands of the fleet modernization trend. Ship construction planning and execution is a key process area that is ripe for achieving efficiency gains.

Construction planning and execution for ships and offshore platforms are very complex projects. In many cases, the prototype ship is the final product or the first ship in a class of ships. Needless to say, it can be a daunting challenge to optimize the build of a ship that has never been built before. To limit the cost of development and production, as well as mitigate related risks, shipyards must optimize their facilities and processes across an entire product lifecycle. By digitally simulating the assemblies of ships or offshore platforms and the associated processes, you can optimize process flows before production begins, implement lean practices at the start of new programs, and avoid the cost of building expensive physical models.

Ship assembly optimization is directly linked to the quality of the build plan. The build plan drives the realization of an ambitious strategy that is reliable and guarantees balanced resource utilization in the shipyard and overall assembly operation.

Siemens PLM Software’s PLM for Shipbuilding solution helps you address these challenges with a digital ship construction software suite. Comprised of Tecnomatix and Teamcenter software, it allows shipyard operations leaders to define and validate in advance the most opportune and realistic build plan in a virtual environment. This digital ship construction software guarantees an optimal level of productivity and predictability by avoiding unnecessary space allowances for possible rework and disassembling activities. Digital ship construction takes into account resource availability in the shipyard and introduces a certain amount of automation for repetitive process planning. Offline programming of welding robots and automatic steel assembly planning based on resource availability leads to significant productivity gains.

As a planner, you can dedicate more attention to other key aspects of planning, such as detailed planning, focused work instruction creation and implementing changes. Digital ship construction supports your decision-making by displaying relevant 3D views of the build progress over time. This is especially useful for outfitting planning in crowded compartments where several last-minute changes might be necessary. You can identify clashes and other negative impacts of re-sequencing with 4D planning that displays the assembly sequence step-by-step and can be complemented by collision analysis. The solution also enables the creation of electronic work instructions (EWI), combining up-to-date 3D data, drawings, animations, documents and bills of materials (BOMs).

Digital ship construction also offers shipyard aftermarket specialists the opportunity to define and validate the optimum overhaul plans in advance. As a result, shipyards can reduce the time and cost of overhauls, thereby reducing the time that ships are out of service while improving the quality and efficiency of overhaul processes. Shipyard planners can also efficiently plan and prepare for maintenance activities during protracted construction periods.

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