Link 3D data and integrated planning – Reduce shipyard workshop hours by at least 15%

Data-driven shipbuilding and the digital transformation of operations present shipyards with the opportunity to achieve vast efficiency gains. For shipyard 4.0, research has shown that one source of operational inefficiency lies in the information flow gap that exists between engineering and design, planning, and production execution.

This information flow gap can be bridged by linking 3D data with an integrated planning approach. Bridging the gap promotes an optimized building strategy that is founded on up-to-date, integrated, and correct data across engineering, the supply chain and production, where it can reduce workshop hours by at least 15%.

The information flow gap – project perception versus workshop floor reality

Organizations are often plagued by information flow gaps between different organizational levels, from top to middle management and down to the shop floor. The overall efficiency of an organization is highly dependent on how well it manages information flows and how well it can eliminate any gaps. As the old cliché goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

The most successful organizations are characterized by sound situational awareness across all organizational levels that is based upon up-to-date and accurate information flows, as well as a common understanding of the status of projects down to the finest details.

In this respect, shipyards are no different. It is noticeable that in many shipyards there is a mismatch between how higher management level executives evaluate project progress, and what is actually happening on the workshop floor level. Higher management levels are mainly concerned with the scope, schedule, and budget for the project and keeping them in line with higher-level goals. They focus on assigning responsibilities and ensuring the functionality of lower-level departments to execute projects. On the workshop floor, on the other hand, the focus is on day-to-day tasks: the what, the who, the when, and in what order.

On the workshop floor, insights are required, among others, about concurrent processes, relevant material delivery statuses, instant issue or change management recognition, and impact assessment for pending items as well as possible risks for operational performance. This information should provide guidance as to which activities need to be undertaken, when and in what sequence, and what resource should be used.

It is crucial to address these information needs in order to enhance the ship production planning and control processes. A key success factor in this regard is the level of detail that the information contains. If the information can delve down into the job/person/day level, it greatly increases the accuracy of progress monitoring, dependability, timeliness and predictability.

Shipyard systems usually only partly address these informational needs, rendering a gap between the insights required and those that are provided. This gap negatively impacts overall shipyard production and efficiency. The solution lies in implementing an integrated and automated planning & control approach that leverages the full power of digitalisation and data-driven shipbuilding solutions.


CADMATIC Floorganise solution to bridge the information flow gap between insights required and those provided

The CADMATIC Floorganise MES was designed to bridge the information flow gap described above. It combines all benefits from the eShare platform for digital twins for the complete product life cycle and Floorganise planning and production control. It enhances shipbuilding project planning and control processes through automation and integration of engineering data, the 3D model and available IT systems (e.g. ERP, time & attendance, project planning software).

CADMATIC Floorganise ensures that work preparators can retrieve the latest insights and statuses of all crucial elements, thereby executing activities efficiently and without issues, delays or failure costs.

Planning, production and engineering departments and even the supply chain can use the same 3D model in CADMATIC eShare platform and planning and production control data. This allows them to create deeper more predictable and detailed plans on the actual 3D model in parallel, resulting in a process that follows the optimized building strategy based on the particulars of both the project as well as the yard.

CADMATIC solutions can reduce production workshop hours by more than 15% by:

  • Executing an optimized building strategy
  • Increasing predictability of task progress and completion
  • Integrating planning: planning from project to production and from operation and control
  • Using a single platform for operational control, providing all insights, priorities, performance tracking and tasks readiness

Download white paper – enhanced data-driven shipbuilding production planning and control

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