Ship Maintenance Processes with Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management and 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning Tools: Reducing Costs and Increasing Productivity
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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The current cost-constrained environment within the federal government and Department of Defense DoD requires a cogent approach to cost reductions that will not compromise the productivity of core defense support processes such as ship maintenance, a core process that is central to naval operations. The SHIPMAIN initiative was designed to standardize ship maintenance alternations in order to take advantage of the cost savings from standardizing core processes. A problem in using the SHIPMAIN approach has been that the normal cost-reduction learning curve for common ship alterations, across a series of common ship platforms, has not materialized. This study uses the knowledge value added KVA systems dynamics SD integrated risk management IRM methodology to estimate analyze, and optimize the potential cost savings and productivity improvements available by moving to a ship maintenance approach that incorporates the 3D TLS and collab-PLM tool suite. Results suggest that when the SHIPMAIN process employs 3D terrestrial laser scanning 3D TLS and collaborative product lifecycle management collab-PLM tools, SHIPMAIN will finally obtain the prophesized learning curve benefits. The results indicated that the biggest bang for buck is in using the combination of the two technologies. Results of the KVA and SD scenario analysis provided the financial information required to forecast an optimized portfolio controlling for risk using the IRM methodology and tool suite. Results indicate that both rapid and incremental implementation approaches generate significant savings and that other factors should be incorporated into final implementation of the 3DTLS collab-PLMtool tools.
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