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Application of PC-Based Project Management in an Integrated Planning Process

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A shipyard working on several projects must schedule thousands of interrelated activities. For a shipyard to remain competitive, it must have a production planning system that optimizes the yards overall use of facilities and manning. This paper discusses the development and implementation of a PC-based Integrated Production Planning System IPPS which serves as a tool to assist planning organizations in developing, updating, and revising schedules and associated manning, facility, and material utilization reports. Under this task, a PC-based IPPS has been developed which serves as a tool to assist planning organizations in developing, updating, and revising ship production schedules. The system will also create and update manning, facility, and material utilization reports. The scope of the system developed is limited to the ground assembly, outfit, join, and erect operations. The Project Report describes the data required by the system to produce its outputs. The report explains the system development philosophy and gives an overview of the schedule generation system. To demonstrate the use of the system, data for a sample ship is given and a schedule developed based upon this data. The Users Manual serves as a reference for shipyards wishing to develop a PC-based IPPS. The software included in this package is not intended to be a turnkey system. For an IPPS to work for a particular shipyard, the shipyard must modify the coding so that the system will conform to the yards facilities and methods of operation. The IPPS should not be viewed as a computer system it is a production planning system that makes use of computer tools. Simply obtaining and installing the software will not give a shipyard an operable system. Developing an Integrated Production Planning System is a significant task. However, once developed, the IPPS is a valuable tool that will assist shipyard personnel in making effective production decisions.

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

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