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From maritime data noose to data intelligence, this is how you do it – Column Geert Schouten


Maritime newbuild projects, conversions and maintenance projects have at least one thing in common: millions are lost in search for the right information. About 30 percent of all work within these maritime projects consist of unnecessary searching, searching and more searching for data. The right data. This of course has a cause and luckily there is also a solution.

First of all the cause. I visit many maritime companies that have heard of digital transformation, but are unable to give it any real interpretation. For most of them it remains a big cloud. Some companies do want to go further and start searching for software. They go to work diligently with often large, expensive software packages that seem to be a safe choice. However, these parties have little to no affinity with the maritime sector, while at the same time, the software is being used for highly complex newbuild projects, conversions and maintenance projects. In short: a recipe for disaster. It is often clear on shop floor that it should be different, but how?

Google: Data-waste

Even a search in Google, one of the largest data companies in the world, yields a huge data-waste. Information that is of no use to you. What strikes me is that large data processing software companies copy this search system one-on-one. It’s often searching for a needle in a haystack. All maritime companies have a gigantic database. For many this data is placed in Word, Excel, PDF and other non-suitable data processors. Searching for the right data is then a needlessly complex activity and how can you know for certain that your Word document is the latest version?

Real maritime digital transformation

One search to get the data you need immediately. That’s what you want! And the solution is so simple: let the computer rock! What could be better than a program with which all – often linked – data is directly available, in real time per project.
Data intelligence
Together with my team, I have developed a smart data management program: Shipbuilder. We guarantee for 100 percent that the data structure of any maritime company fits into Shipbuilder. That makes us unique. For our customers, for example Damen and Ulstein, data suddenly becomes of enormous added value. Their data (regularly several terabytes!) is available in real time and a search always gives the right information. And that is just the beginning.

Data Intelligence Knowledge Base: develop your knowledge

In Shipbuilder, our 25 years of experience in the maritime sector is incorporated in a Data Intelligence Knowledge Base. This contains a wealth of basic information pre-programmed for complex maritime projects. At the same time, the Data Intelligence Knowledge Base will help your company unlock the knowledge while you’re working. In this knowledgebase all explicit and implicit knowledge is retained for the future. A new colleague can start working with this knowledge immediately. Therefore all important knowledge remains in your company. It even helps Ulstein to develop at a rapid pace.
So will you keep searching for that needle in your gigantic data mountain or will you develop with Shipbuilder?

Geert Schouten
director at Shipbuilder

Click here and find out how Ulstein made the shift to Digital Knowledge Management

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