My own digital transformation

What 23 years in design has taught me

Posted: December 10, 2018


My own digital transformation

All the technology available today is helping the shipbuilding industry to create more efficient ways of doing things right. We have now more efficient and high-quality design processes, affecting the entire production, reducing costs and rework. But, what has really changed in the marine design software world?

I used to work for a different design software company, and I had the opportunity to work with many of the shipyards in North America, Navy and commercial yards. I also worked directly for one of the newest shipyards in North America, helping design some of latest navy combatants on the water.  As I have grown in design I have worked with nuclear, chemical, pulp and paper, from reverse engineering to non-destructive testing.  What has transformed in the 23 years of design software and what I see now is simply amazing.

 I have seen computers go from clunky, slow, ginormous boxes sitting on your desk.  To a little hand-held device that has more computing power and communication ability than the first space shuttles.  There was a time when computers and design groups only wished that the data that was introduced into a design could be populated between other disciplines with the accuracy that is accomplished today. 

Siloed engineering and design process are becoming a thing of the past.  It has always been the pushing factor to build it faster, better and cheaper.  And now with the digital transformation available today this is happening at a faster pace than ever before.

I remember when data on the scale of 486mb was the standard of design.  Now with the amount of data that we are seeing in projects reaching into the terabytes, it is incredible.  This just underlines the importance of the true digital transformation that is happening in today’s shipyards. 

We are not just asking for the drawings to construct, but we are asking for all the information surrounding what is needed to construct.  This is now including labor, consumables, and the actual energy that is consumed in this process. 

Being able to harness this information is only one step.  But to be able to output this information into a usable format that can be consumed in an on time, on budget approach is the goal that we are all striving for.

I have now taken my next step into my own digital transformation by working with AVEVA. I am now part of the AVEVA marine team of experts. I am eager to continue my journey with a global leader in solutions that are automated, integrated, engineering-based and non-disruptive. 

In my short time already with AVEVA I have learned their solutions allow organizations to cross a diverse, globally distributed supply chain to work efficiently, with consistent transfer of information, enabling you to control time, costs, materials and the production process.

To watch my colleagues work through real-life scenarios, managing changes in an integrated environment, was unbelievable! This means that the shipyards can now have a perfect visibility to impact change and the confidence to meet commitments and goals. They can avoid material surplus and expediting fees for material because procurement and engineering are truly in sync.

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It really excites me to see what the next 20 years will bring to our industry!

Written By
Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson holds an Associate’s Degree in AutoCad and is a certified Autocad professional in the state of Alabama. He has worked for Austal USA on the design for the Littoral combat ships in structural, HVAC, and piping. His career includes working for ShipConstructor software as Project Consultant for North America, and reverse engineering for Sulzer pumps, manufacturing N-stamp parts for the nuclear power industry. Paul joined AVEVA in 2018, to provide customer support and his knowledge to help grow AVEVA’s marine software portfolio.

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