SSI USA will be exhibiting at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS), September 1-2, 2015, in San Diego (Booth #4).
Leverage Data for Lifecycle Support
At the booth, company representatives Patrick Roberts and Jeannie Shumock will be available to explain how SSI’s CAD/CAM ShipConstructor software utilizes a Marine Information Model (MIM) to store a wealth of data that can be leveraged for maintenance, repair and lifecycle support.
Marine Information Modeling
SSI has pioneered Marine Information Modeling. At the core of MIM is a complete virtual model of the entire vessel including each of the various disciplines from hull production design and structural detailing to outfitting and assembly sequencing. All engineering disciplines work within a single integrated environment, sharing a consistent interface, and are connected via a project database that stores the intelligence, relationships, attribute information and 3D model plus the rules and standards used in the product model's composition. The information within the database is associative at every level, beginning with the industry specific standards used to create the model and extending all the way to the automatically generated AutoCAD based production documentation used in the shipyard.
A key to leveraging the capabilities of ShipConstructor’s MIM for lifecycle support is for shipyards to deliver an as-built model. The US Coast Guard has already recognized the value of this approach so in its RFP for 11 new Offshore Patrol Cutters it requires that, “The 3D Product Model shall be provided in either ShipConstructor or an ISO 1030303 Step compliant system that is exportable to ShipConstructor.”
Reduce Maintenance Costs and Time
Because the majority of US Naval warships under construction are being designed and built with ShipConstructor software, leveraging the as-built data stored in the ShipConstructor MIM is a way to reduce repair costs and ensure that maintenance is more efficient.