Virtual Product Development

Marine engineering is a highly collaborative and cross-discipline effort.  Coordinating ship engineering is a daunting task as pressure increases to meet more complex design requirements.  Ongoing engineering changes – especially in cases where there are multiple configurations involved – make it difficult to keep bills on materials (BOMs) and other product data accurate and synchronized across the enterprise and the product lifecycle.

Shipyards, engineering consultants and suppliers are turning to Dassault Systèmes (DS) to handle both engineering and coordination tasks associated with it.  These tasks begin with early project specifications and extend through to initial construction planning.  DS PLM system provides a single repository for all data, from product specification to manufacturing requirements, in order that data can be securely accessed in real-time across the enterprise or supply chain.  Project data coming from various disciplines – hull structure, fluid, electrical, machinery, etc. – are captures within a unified product definition for concurrent engineering and rapid design validation.

DS PLM configuration management capability, advanced through intense research and development activities in various industries, enables companies to manage design options for a single ship or reuse design across projects.  Coupled with workflow and shared catalogs, changes can be instantly communicated to related stakeholders.  In contrast to practices commonly used within a traditional PDM system, in-work product structures, digital mockups and engineering BOMs can be made available to construction planner or customers before a design release, providing valuable insights to on-going project development and giving construction planning a head start.

DS' Virtual Product Development solution also includes functionality developed especially to meet the unique needs of shipbuilding industry.  Relying on a well-define workflow, for example, there is a process to automatically identify clashes in the hull structure, which can be solved as penetrations for routing piping, HVAC or electrical cableways.  This advanced type of clash management offers a flexible way of automating cross-discipline engineering and eliminates last minute errors that so often seem to occur with paper-based or disparate systems.

As customers are bringing in teams from many organizations, there is usually a need to accommodate multiple CAD systems.  Multi-CAD support is built into our solutions so that teams can freely review and exchange data while tracking changes and configurations across multiple CAD systems.  These functions are available to a broad range of mechanical CAD systems including CATIA, PTC, UGS, AutoCAD, and shipbuilding specific software such as AVEVA Tribon.

Virtual Product Development solution includes:

  • Design change and configuration management
  • Workflow management
  • Engineering BOMs
  • Penetration and clash management
  • User, team, and organization information flow
  • Product structure and work breakdown
  • Multi-site collaboration
  • Multi-CAD management
  • Catalog management

Concurrent engineering helped engineers save time during the preparation, manufacturing and construction of all the engineering systems while, in parallel, the metal structure of the boat was being assembled in the shipyard.

William Pegram Managing Director, Isonaval