Model-Based Environment Solutions in the Shipbuilding Industry

A ship is a floating city in every sense. It is a “building” capable of sustaining and protecting its human inhabitants while enduring all that our oceans (and mother nature) can dish out. At the same time, it is a highly functioning “machine” equipped with the most technologically advanced hardware and software our engineers are capable of delivering. Designing these mega-ton vessels requires precise communication and orchestration among the engineers involved.

Ben Kassell of the Naval Sea Systems Command will share how the Model-Based Environment supports this critical requirement, including requirements, challenges and implementation goals.

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Ben Kassell of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) will present an evolution of the Model-Based Environment within the shipbuilding industry at the Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (CIC) in Washington, DC on October 29, 2015.

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Title: Building the Ship Before the Ship is Built


  • Requirements for a shipbuilding MBE
  • Current state of the shipbuilding CAD/PDM/PLM industry
  • A brief survey of MBE within the US shipbuilding industry
  • The future of MBE within the US shipbuilding industry


Mechanical design and assembly with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) are used to solve the complex requirements presented to the shipbuilding industry. The product may contain millions of parts, have a service life of over 50 years, and in the case of Naval Vessels, be required to withstand unreasonable levels of shock, vibration, and other environmental conditions. The share of the shipbuilding industry within the Model-Based Environment (MBE) segment is infinitesimally small in the AEC, Aerospace, and Automotive markets, providing little to no leverage over the direction of future products. The presence of Model-Based Definition (MBD) is on the rise across all lifecycle phases in the shipbuilding industry. Whether by accident or design, this is the genesis of the Model-Based Environment (MBE) within the shipbuilding industry. This presentation will explore the evolution of the Model-Based Environment (MBE) within the shipbuilding industry.

The CIC will focus on the following topics with the theme of Enabling the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).

TOPIC AREAS presented by real users of MBD or MBE

  • MBD/MBE Vision and Downstream Integration
    • High-level strategic plans
    • Long-term view of the future of a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) in large projects
    • Overview of Return on Investment (ROI) in integration of large systems such as: ships, aircraft, spacecraft, ground vehicles and robotic vehicles
    • Digital thread
    • AME (Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise)
    • JDMTP (Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel)
    • Using MBD/MBE to support KBE (Knowledge Based Engineering)
    • Future workforce that can handle the digital-only context
    • How does MBD/MBE reduce and improve engineering changes?
    • Downstream consumption of MBD, such as 3D Work Instructions, CAM processing of native or neutral files, automated tolerance analysis
  • MBD (Model-Based Definition)
    • 3D annotations and product definition methods
    • Native and neutral representations
    • Advanced manufacturing methods that require a 3D model, such as: 3D printing, complex geometry composite layups and complex surfaced CSN machining
    • Methods for representing (software consumption) and presenting (human consumption) MBD within a particular toolset
    • Verification and Validation (V&V) of 3D model data
    • PMI and 3D annotation creation and interoperability
    • Culture change strategies that support moving information from the drawing into MBD
    • Translation & Data Validation of PMI and 3D Annotations
  • Standards in MBD and MBE
    • Standard Development work in support of Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) and Model-Based Definition (MBD)
    • ASME Y14.41, Y14.41.1, Y14.46, Y14.47
    • QIF (Quality Information Framework)
    • AS9102B
    • S1000D
    • STEP AP242 (ISO 10303)
  • Quality and Inspection
    • Representative (semantic or software consumable) 3D GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing)
    • Supporting technology and/or data transfer
    • First Article Inspection (FAI)
    • Inspection: As-Designed vs As-Built Validation
    • Automated consumption of design and inspection MBD
    • How can suppliers comply?
  • Real World Implementation
    • Pilot project and case study stories using MBD and implementing MBE
    • Metrics and evaluation criteria of MBD and MBE
    • Industry projects in: Ship building, Pipeline systems, Automotive, Aircraft, Spacecraft, Agricultural, Vehicle Integration, Ground Systems and Electronics
  • Supply Chain
    • Challenges and/or success stories
    • Technology gaps
    • Communicating a new way of doing business
    • Verification and Validation (V&V) of As-Designed to As-Built

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