A Journey in Culture Change: From Engineered Drawings to Digital User-Centered Visual Instructions

Jim Dorwart of Newport News Shipbuilding will present at the 2017 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress. 3D CIC and the Quality Information Framework Symposium will be held in Golden, Colorado on October 3-5, 2017.


A Journey in Culture Change: From Engineered Drawings to Digital User-Centered Visual Instructions

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has begun a journey toward a full Digital Enterprise across all programs. NNS has been building ships with drawings for 130 years. With our transition to Siemens Teamcenter 9.x and NX 8.5 with 4th Generation Design (4GD), NNS started realizing the potential of using 4GD worksets in NX for manufacturing PMI and SAP VE for work instruction visualization to support assembly and manufacturing. The NNS journey is a “brown field” story about transitioning from paper work packages referencing drawings to providing a digital work instruction that provides “only what is needed to execute the work.”

This effort has expanded from a concept 3 years ago, to greater than a thousand electronic work instructions executed, to the declaration of the next Aircraft Carrier, Enterprise (CVN80), to be drawingless. It has been a challenging journey, both technically and culturally, impacting every aspect of our current business model. This brief will give a snapshot of our journey, lessons learned, and opportunities that presented themselves because of our focus on the workers’ point of view.


Jim Dorwart
Engineering Manager, Digital Shipbuilding Business and Data Architecture
Newport News Shipbuilding

Jim Dorwart is a visionary leader of the NNS Digital Transformation for the last 3 years, with 19 years of successful experience leading and managing people and projects. His skills include strong communication, collaboration through design thinking and prototyping, leadership, and ability to operate effectively in a matrix organization under very high pressure cross-organization environment. He is a proven engineering manager with demonstrated ability to lead multi-discipline teams in completing complex tasks within schedule and within budget. Jim has a unique ability to connect information with his manufacturing understanding, design engineering experience, and tools knowledge. He understands PLM, MRP, BPM, functions and uses within an organization to lead the digital transformation, and has experience with SAP, Siemens Teamcenter/NX, Autodesk Inventor, and SharePoint 2013.

3D CIC + QIF Symposium

The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress featuring the Quality Information Symposium focuses on 3D CAD collaboration and interoperability for the entire product lifecycle. With the 2017 theme of UNITE: Engineering & Shop Floor Collaboration, real users share their experiences with turning design concepts into manufacturing product reality using 3D models. The joint 3D CIC and QIF Symposium event will be held October 3-5, 2017 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Find out more and register for 3D CIC + QIF Symposium at 3dcic.com.

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