Portfolio of Ship Designs: Early-Stage Design Tools
Abstract:International shipbuilders have captured the majority of the global commercial shipbuilding market principally through the use of series ship design and construction, innovative technologies, new production processes, and improved facilities. While strides have been made in recent years to level the economic playing field and to improve U.S. shipbuilding methods and facilities, U.S. shipbuilding can still benefit from additional "tools" to increase competitiveness in the world marketplace. In 1996, the University of New Orleans, Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center tasked M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. on a multi-year project to develop a Portfolio of World Class Ship Designs. The objective of the project was to provide a ready up-to-date reference of marketable ship designs and the "tools" to quickly tailor the designs to specific customer requirements, thereby assisting the U.S. shipbuilding industry to bid competitively and confidently. The Portfolio of World Class Ship Designs consists of standardized preliminary level ship designs and design synthesis models for various ship types, production models for labor and cycle times, cost estimating models, and interactive 3-D models of the ships and major equipment. The portfolio provides the resources needed to facilitate design evolution with manageable technical, cost, and program risk parameters.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2001
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