There is a huge amount of information contained in our environment these days. Most of the information that various stakeholders require to do their jobs is accessible to them. However, the challenge we have today is how to provide that information in the context and format they can consume without spending hours searching. For example, your purchasing department will have a hard time consuming BOM information from a collection of drawing PDFs, but would have a very easy time-consuming information from a single Excel file with a list of all parts, assemblies, spools and all relevant BOM data (not necessarily listed on the drawings) that they were interested in.
The question I am asked often is, “What is the best way for other stakeholders (planning, weight management, quality control, testing and verification, subcontractors, etc.) to get access the most up-to-date to the information they need without ShipConstructor?”
Even though I am an advocate of implementing a PLM system in every organization from the smallest design agency to the largest shipyard, I do understand the business of shipbuilding and that this business transformation takes time. With the latest version of SSI products (ShipConstructor & EnterprisePlatform) there is a now a way that any stakeholder in your organization can access virtually any piece of information in the ShipConstructor project in a format they can consume. This can be as simple as a native AutoCAD drawing for lifting and turning, a light weight Navisworks model of a unit, a pdf of an assembly drawing, or even an image of a model drawing. The possibilities are endless.