Increasingly, shipbuilders, marine engineers and naval architects are looking to SSI as more than just a software vendor. In fact, the very “raison d’etre” for software development is to, in some way capture and automate process and this simply cannot be done without an intimate knowledge of the clients workflows, challenges and problems they are trying to solve. Consequently, almost 25 years of listening has put SSI staff in the position to bring real meaning to the term “trusted advisor”.
We help clients one-on-one through our Consulting Department but we also share our knowledge with the general market in trade magazines and in academic papers that we present at industry conferences. This knowledge is based on lessons learned from working with clients around the globe and incorporates industry best practices in both manufacturing techniques as well as software technology.
Upcoming Magazine Article
For instance, Patrick David and Patrick Roberts at our US office have an upcoming article in SNAME’s MT Magazine about how SSI worked with various shipyards and offices in the United States to analyze their business processes regarding integrating production planning and ERP with CAD. The upcoming article will be an update on an academic paper that we presented at the ICCAS conference in 2011.
If you are a SNAME member, you will get a copy of MT Magazine so keep a lookout for that article.
This Week’s COMPIT Presentation
On a somewhat similar theme (sharing data within an organization), SSI presented a paper this week at the COMPIT conference in England. It is titled, “Leveraging Engineering Information”. I co-authored the paper along with CTO Denis Morais (Waveform Blog) and CEO Darren Larkins (Crow’s Nest Blog).
The paper ties together several of the recent posts that Denis has made on his blog such as:
- Improved productivity by leveraging your CNC profiling machine
- AutoFEM integration with ShipConstructor
In addition to presenting the paper, Denis chaired a portion of the event and studiously listened to the other speakers. He reports about his experiences at COMPIT in this recent post.
We’ve been listening for 25 years!
In large part the results of what we are learning from expert shipbuilders is captured in the papers referenced above. We will always have much to learn from our clients but taking that knowledge and building a software product that captures it, it is where we add value. These are just few of the many papers we have written and presented at various international conferences over the years.
A list of white papers can be found in the articles section the SSI website: http://www.ssi-corporate.com/support/articles
You are encouraged to look at them to gain practical advice as well as to learn where we see the industry headed in the future.