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Assessment of Computer Aids in Shipyards

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The shipbuilding industry in the United States stands at the crossroads of major changes in the global marketplace. Panel SP4 is trying to launch a major project to examine the best computer technology to assist yards to enter this new marketplace. This study records progress to date and especially the initiating national conference held in May 1992. The idea for the SNAME Panel SP4 initiative on computer aids came horn Panel discussions regarding a series of projects to assess the status and scope of computer aids in shipyards worldwide with potential application to United States and Canadian shipyards. A five year program was discussed and the first year project was awarded to Coastal Group Technology in late 1991. CGT in turn prepared for and held an initiating national workshop conference in May 1992 with representatives of the shipbuilding, ship design, supplier, and government communities. The May conference built a foundation and rationale for encouraging the industry to share sensitive information about their computer systems among the competing companies. In this first phase the original intent was to provide a methodology and vehicle under which to initiate a progressive process of disclosure and technology refinement intended to up-grade the industry as a whole over a five year period. The workshop on computer aids was formed to create a vision of the best trends in computer aids through the next decade while at the same time providing a future business vision for the U.S. shipbuilding industry and sharing views on how U.S. shipbuilding might best provide products and services to fulfill the recommended vision.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Marine Engineering

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