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Innovative Naval Ship Design

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In 2011 PI completed a textbook on Practical Design of Advanced Marine Vehicles and has commenced a follow-on work on Tools for Innovation in Naval Engineering Design. The completed textbook was made available as a PDF file with private distribution on the members-only website of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 2013 PI completed the follow-on textbook Innovation in Ship Design. Whereas the first work forms the core of an undergraduate course in the design of innovative ships -- i.e. Advanced Marine Vehicles -- the second work will form the core in a Graduate course in innovation more generally. The present version covers the nature and definition of innovation in the context of ship design, and then describes the characteristics of successful innovators, the characteristics of the innovation-friendly organization, and the tools and techniques used in innovation. The completed text also includes the outline for a three-course Graduate sequence on innovation, aimed at equipping engineers with tools for greater innovation. This latter course has not been fully developed. Effort in FY 14 included beginning the development of the graduate course. A textbook for this course is now approximately 35 complete. In addition, the earlier textbook Practical Design of Advanced Marine Vehicles has been revised and is now publicly available for purchase through Amazon. PI has also made several technical presentations regarding this work, in the interest of socializing the conclusions reached.

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  • Marine Engineering

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