A Sea of Change - The Future is now

Digital Transformation in Marine

Posted: December 17, 2018


A Sea of Change - The Future is now

Intelligent shipbuilding, automation, smart ships, smart shipyards. No matter which conference you attend, digital transformation is top priority on almost every agenda and it couldn’t be different at this year's AVEVA World Summit.

The 2018 Marine track, A Sea Change: Digital Transformation in the Marine and Offshore Industries, focused on two emerging styles of digitally enabled shipbuilder that are weathering the storms of change:

  • The Smart Factory Shipbuilder - who is laser focused on design and production productivity and extracting as much value from their assets as possible
  • The Smart Products Shipbuilder - who delivers connected, adaptive vessels and platforms that are optimised for minimum operational costs and leave the shipyard with a series of digital service offerings, to help the new owner maximise their return on investment throughout the lifecycle of the asset.


The presenters from Imabari Shipbuilders and Lamprell represented this spectrum of shipbuilding types perfectly.

Imabari Shipbuilding Digital Transformation

Imabari Shipbuilding is a perfect example of a super-efficient smart shipbuilding factory, where production workers are augmented by data on mobile devices and their production logistics are so finely tuned that the group can deliver over 100 ships per year. Their dedication to ‘grow together with shipowners’ has recently seen them evolve their strategy to encompass the vertical value chain in shipbuilding through their recent acquisition of Yokogawa Denshikiki machinery manufacturers, a trend we have only previously seen in European conglomerates.

In their presentation this year they focused on continued digital transformation of their design process where due to changing skill profiles of their workers an end to end 3D process is being implemented in their basic design process.

Towards Single Digital Source

Lamprell, one of the leading EPCIs in the Middle East specializing in offshore rigs and supporting vessels, on the other hand are looking to build upon their detailed digital twins to provide a whole series of digital services to their clients to ensure maximised uptime and minimise OPEX costs.

For Lamprell, the first step to digital transformation is to have a full 3D modeling capability leading to significant efficiency improvements in production. They managed to reduce rework in engineering and production by over 45% over the last 6 years and have with this strategy the ideal basis for delivering further digital services to their clients

The great news coming from AWS is that with AVEVA's new extended portfolio of offerings we can go so much further to help both kinds of customers achieve their goals, be that with IoT offerings to enable Smart shipyards or our monitoring and control platforms to enable big data analytics and better asset performance on the seas. Today we can even offer our services to digitise large complex assets to provide augmented and virtual reality training environments to clients even before the physical asset is built.

Digital Transformation provides many opportunities but needs a wide range of best of breed software and technology components to enable the successful shipbuilders of tomorrow to create their very own value, be that in the realisation of hyper efficient processes or in the delivery of completely new products and services. Moreover, shipbuilders need the right partner to go on the digital transformation journey.

To find out more on how AVEVA can help you to reduce rework in engineering and production, visit https://www.aveva.com/en/Your_Industry/Marine_and_Offshore/ or contact us at contact@aveva.com. For a bit of light reading, I also encourage you to download the Digital Transformation of the Shipyard Whitepaper to learn how IT integration is an essential step to unlocking further improvements.

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Written By
Aline Bezzera

Aline Bezerra is global industry marketing manager for AVEVA solutions within the marine industry. Passionate about technology, she is supporting organizations on their Digital Transformation journey.

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