“Are you still hiding your information in binders and separate documents? Then your projects will fail.” With these words, Geert Schouten, director of Shipbuilder, immediately has the attention of the attendees during the online Shipbuilding & Lifecycle Tech 4.0 event on Friday, January 28. Geert then shows a binder containing hundreds of pages of requirements and asks the more than 100 attendees: Why are so many maritime companies still hiding their data in there?”
Let’s have a closer look.
Up-to-date and consistent
Geert continues at the Shipbuilding & Lifecycle Tech 4.0 event: “How do you guarantee that during the life cycle of a ship the information remains actual and consistent if you have to constantly update those thick binders and hundreds of documents hiding in email and file servers? If you keep working with documents like Word, Excel, PDF, or even binders, you can’t do it successfully.
What about ERP systems?
But fortunately…many maritime companies have ERP systems for this purpose. Geert is very clear about that too. He says, “These are one-dimensional programs. You can’t apply different codes to one product at the same time, for example. That is far from reality and hence inefficient. We previously wrote this article about it.“
Verification and validation of requirements
Next, Geert takes the viewers through the subject of verification and validation of requirements. “This is necessary to check whether the yard has built exactly the specified ship. And what often happens is that one reads all documents and requirements and checks whether the ship built complies. That is enormously time-consuming. However, if you were to work data-driven, that’s a piece of cake. Let’s dive deeper into that.”
The solution @ Shipbuilding & Lifecycle Tech 4.0: everyone the right data
“The solution is at your fingertips these days,” says Geert. “Get to work with that data and make sure you have a good multidimensional program (Shipbuilder, for example). Such a program provides each user with exactly the environment and exactly the information that is applicable to them.”
“If information is modified, it is then the same for everyone and accessible to everyone. This is the only way to make the lifecycle of a ship successful because you can be sure that the information you use is up to date and consistent. To date, this is a challenge for many maritime companies.”