The Value of 3D CAD in Repair SSI’s ShipConstructor Software is increasingly being used for ship repair, not just for new construction. Let’s look at this trend: Example: Cofferdam Repair Job Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Gibbs & Cox used ShipConstructor to help a yard quickly repair a ship that had crashed into a pier, experiencing bow damage above and below the waterline. To access the damaged area without dry-docking, a cofferdam was required. To quickly create Continue Reading
Noteworthy developments in the CAD/CAM and ship building and offshore industries.
“The preverbal silo’s run rampage in organizations.” Huh? That was a sentence I came across in something written by a person in our industry who is widely respected for his knowledge and wisdom (including by me). By reading the rest of the piece I figured out what he meant. He was talking about how shipyards and design agencies have departments that keep information in “silos” that are inaccessible to other people and how that leads to inefficiency. Furthermore, he felt that the problem was Continue Reading
SSI attends several academic and industry conferences each year and gives presentations based on technical papers related to the shipbuilding and CAD/CAM industry. In recent years, SSI has authored papers for the International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS), International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT), Mari-Tech, RINA-WARSHIP, Canadian Conference on Modern Shipbuilding, and the Offshore Patrol Vessel Conference. Continue Reading
Our CEO Darren Larkins was recently talking to one of our Australian clients, Incat Crowther. Darren mentioned that they are working on a number of interesting workboat projects using ShipConstructor. One that caught our eye was a 48m Monohull Fast Supply Vessel that Incat is engineering for Arpoador Engenharia in Brazil following the Petrobras UT4000 specification. Continue Reading
Yes, Brazilian shipbuilding is booming but the Brazilians are also being innovative. For the last number of years, the shipbuilding industry has talked about the rise of Brazil. Some stats we have at our fingertips (from 2011) show that by that year, Brazil’s share of the global shipbuilding order book had reached 3.94% and with an even stronger share of the order book in certain ship types: Suezmax tankers = 10.69%; PSV = 13.6%; FPSOs = 57.4% Continue Reading
A developing trend that we’ve been noticing (and encouraging) is the “democratization” of technology. What we mean by that is that there are a number of technologies that were once considered so complex and expensive that only a tiny number of people in an organization had access to them (and those people, of course, had a lot of power). But now, the cost and (apparent) complexity of these sophisticated technologies have come down so much that they are widely accessible to people throughout an Continue Reading
Remember the 1980s movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise? Remember the character played by Kelly McGillis (Tom Cruise’s love interest)—the high heeled, blonde haired woman who told all the Top Gun pilots what to do. That movie character was inspired by Christine Fox, who worked at the US Navy’s Top Gun Program for Naval Fighter Pilot training at the time. She had strong views then and strong opinions now...including views on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). Continue Reading