Effective gathering, understanding and handling the large amount of data involved during the ship design value chain is a challenge. It consists of not only data from the ship and its equipment, but a wider scope that should include stakeholders' expectations, subjective stylistic preferences, owner's requirements, previous design data, regulations, suppliers, shipyards, sea trial and operational data. The number of variables involved makes the data handling and sharing between departments, phases and stakeholders a difficult task, usually losing important information when such data is converted to slides and spreadsheets rather than properly manipulated. Nowadays, it is usual to have each process of the whole project treated independently by different groups, in a way that the information generated in each process is not effectively related and spread between different value-chain actors. This affects both ends of the value chain, increasing the number of hours during design (and consequentially cost), leaving room for communication issues, as well as delivering a lower value robust product, where the final constructed ship can be optimized to an different operational profile than it was originally designed for, operating super- or sub-optimised during its lifespan. Being able to deal with these issues in an efficient exploration of existing and related information across the whole lifecycle is essential to ensure the most value robust ship design value chain. This project will develop a intelligent and improved data integration framework during the ship design process, aiming an effective mapping of data produced during ship design (model-based system), during all value chain phases (from conceptual design thorough operation and scrapping) that can be used as an effective decision support tool during early stages of design. Such framework will be based on modern data mining techniques, such as data-driven methods, web-based tools and artificial intelligence.
Project leader: Henrique Gaspar
Institution: ULSTEIN INTERNATIONAL AS