Digital Ship Construction

Towards the Digital Shipyard: Simulate the shipbuilding process with Siemens Digital Ship Construction.

Stricter environmental/safety regulations and increasingly customized functional requirements have been driving the demand for more complex vessels. This wave of complexity is hitting the shop floor just as increased competition and rising economic uncertainty are forcing shipyards to reduce their production costs and time-to-market. Shipyards must deliver on spec, on time, and on a budget if they are to remain competitive. But when margins are low, how can shipbuilders keep reducing production costs without compromising quality?

Stricter environmental/safety regulations and increasingly customized functional requirements have been driving the demand for more complex vessels. This wave of complexity is hitting the shop floor just as increased competition and rising economic uncertainty are forcing shipyards to reduce their production costs and time-to-market. Shipyards must deliver on spec, on time, and on a budget if they are to remain competitive. But when margins are low, how can shipbuilders keep reducing production costs without compromising quality?

Leverage new technologies such as augmented reality to streamline your shipbuilding process. In a digital shipyard, work instructions can be easily accessed on tablets to support ship construction.

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For most shipbuilding projects, 80 to 90 percent of the project’s total cost will be spent during construction: material, labor, equipment, system suppliers, overhead, etc. As a result, efficient planning can have a huge impact on bottom-line profitability.

With our Digital Ship Construction solution, shipbuilders can simulate the entire shipbuilding process in an integrated virtual shipyard environment before the first plates are even cut. This allows them to optimize the ship’s production sequence and minimize design changes and out-of-sequence work. All vessel-related data can be maintained in a comprehensive digital twin of the vessel, which can then be used as the single source of truth to share real-time project status and ensure efficient collaboration with all parties involved; for example, suppliers, subcontractors, co-makers, class societies, and even clients.

In addition, shipbuilders can deploy a digital twin of the shipyard to manage the yard as a capital asset. The health of the most critical production equipment can be monitored for predictive maintenance, thereby avoiding unscheduled downtime and production delays. Simulation can be used to optimize the yard layout for higher efficiency or to verify the ROI on equipment before purchase.

Shipbuilding is a complex process. To cut costs and increase productivity without compromising quality, this process needs to be fine-tuned and, as much as possible, automated. By leveraging digital twin technology, digital shipyards can minimize risks and inefficiencies in their current manufacturing process and turn complexity into a competitive advantage.

Leverage new technologies such as augmented reality to streamline your shipbuilding process. In a digital shipyard, work instructions can be easily accessed on tablets to support ship construction.
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