Model-Based Aircraft Carrier Design & Construction by Dennis S. Jarabak

We’re bringing shipbuilding to the Rocky Mountains! The discussion about the digital shipbuilding environment, that is. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding has been building ships for 130 years, but the transition from paper-based 2D drawings to the digital, 3D-model-based environment is much, much newer than that – and still evolving. It’s a significant change to the way the shipbuilding industry – and every industry – does business.


Dennis S. Jarabak of Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding returns to the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3D CIC) on October 25 & 26, 2016, to present about Newport News Shipbuilding’s transition to a digital environment for aircraft carrier design and construction.

Presentation Title: Model-Based Shipbuilding: Aircraft Carrier Design and Construction in a Model-Based World

Abstract: This project seeks to explore and evaluate a number of discreet shipbuilding enterprise processes that are fundamental to and exist in foundational support of much of the detailed work required in ship design and construction. A fully digital shipbuilding environment offers many efficiency and cost saving benefits to the shipbuilder but also introduces significant change to the way we do business. This paradigm change creates a production user acceptance risk which must be mitigated during the transition from a paper-based to an electronically-based digital environment. A major component in the transition from a paper based environment to a digital environment is the elimination of the long-standing 2D drawing which is used as the design disclosure configuration management based standard. This presentation will update the MBE community on the status of activities conducted through this 3 year research project.


Bio: Dennis Jarabak has over 32 years of systems, industrial, and project management experience in engineering and manufacturing at Newport News Shipbuilding. In his current position of Information Systems Project Manager, he serves as the Digital Shipbuilding NSRP Project Manager and Risk and Opportunities Manager with responsibility for program risk analysis and technical evaluation as part of the PLM software implementation project on the Ford Class Carrier program.

Within engineering Mr. Jarabak has led or has been a team member on projects linking engineering, manufacturing and information technology processes, including lead for requirements development for the NSRP Product Model Weld management project, and project manager for CATIA 3D design software enhancements for engineering and waterfront processes.

Mr. Jarabak holds a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

He is certified in Lean Techniques and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

More about 3D CIC:

The 2016 theme for the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress is Commercial Applications of Model-Based Business Process, focused on real commercial users sharing their MBD/MBE journeys and experiences. Join Action Engineering at 3D CIC in Golden, Colorado on October 25 & 26, 2016. Click here to learn more about and register for 3D CIC.

1 thought on “Model-Based Aircraft Carrier Design & Construction by Dennis S. Jarabak

  1. Looking forward to being able to point to your successes on the MBD shipbuilding as where the future is going.
    Fine presentation.

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