SSI Congratulates Gibbs & Cox

Press Release
Friday, November 16, 2012

SSI (ShipConstructor Software Inc.) congratulates Gibbs & Cox, Fincantieri and the rest of the Lockheed Martin Team on laying the keel for US Navy Littoral Combat Ship LCS 7, USS Detroit, on November 8, 2012.

 

Reaching this milestone is a significant accomplishment and shows the ongoing success of all companies involved in the Littoral Combat Ship Freedom Class program.


In turn, Gibbs & Cox Chief Engineer Tom Schubert has also credited ShipConstructor software with helping build these innovative vessels.


Gibbs & Cox (G&C) is one of the oldest and largest independent naval architectural and marine engineering firms in the world, with a diverse staff of nearly 300 naval architects, mechanical, structural, electrical and ocean engineers, CAD designers and supporting staff spread out over six offices in New York, Arlington, Hampton, DC, New Orleans and Philadelphia. These offices have been involved with work on a variety of commercial and defense-related projects but G&C is perhaps best known for designing US Naval vessels. It is this involvement that led the company to first use ShipConstructor software seven years ago.


In the early 2000s, US middle tier naval shipyards such as Bollinger Shipyard and Marinette Marine (now Fincantieri/Marinette Marine), began adopting ShipConstructor en masse. Bollinger and Marinette were working on the first LCS in 2005. Consequently, Schubert notes, "Choosing it (ShipConstructor) was easy since the mid-tier yards are a main segment of our market, it only made sense to standardize around that tool.”


In the last seven years, G&C has logged over 1.5 million hours of ShipConstructor experience across 17 major projects with up to 200 users utilizing the software at one time. During the course of G&C’s ShipConstructor usage, the company has found it ideal for supporting G&C’s business needs.


As an independent design and engineering shop, G&C has to be flexible and adaptable. Fortunately, ShipConstructor helps G&C accomplish this goal in multiple ways. First of all, there is the “familiarity and simplicity” of the user interface. Schubert notes that a detail design project requires a “fast ramp-up of designers” which can easily be supplied by the “large pool” of ShipConstructor users to recruit from. He says it is also easier to get new staff, “up to speed and at a reasonable level of productivity quickly because of the tools’ familiar user interface.”


ShipConstructor is also flexible in accommodating detail design information from other tools. Schubert says, “On a recent project, we successfully demonstrated the ability to integrate 3-D models from three different CAD platforms into an integrated ShipConstructor model, then redistribute the integrated model back to the other organizations for their use in design development of their respective portions of the project.” Capabilities like this are vital to an independent agency like Gibbs & Cox, working with different shipyards. So too is ShipConstructor’s multi-site collaboration features.


To be close to strategic players around the world, G&C has offices in multiple locations. This enables G&C to better respond to customers’ needs. However, that means that the 3-D modeling tool has to allow distributed work.
Schubert is pleased that ShipConstructor allows, “the ability to have multiple locations work a design project, while maintaining configuration control over the model using the tools’ Split and Merge capability (now renamed WorkShare Project). At times on the LCS project, we had design work going on in two locations in parallel, with engineering review in a third, and waterfront changes implemented at the shipbuilder as a fourth location, all under configuration control through our established internal design control process and the flexibility of ShipConstructor.”


Above all perhaps, is the fact that G&C prides itself on providing high quality production packages to its shipyard clients who appreciate the output that ShipConstructor’s shipbuilding specific pedigree allows G&C to give them.
Schubert says, “Our shipyard clients prefer the tool over other more costly systems not only for its price point, but for its superior delivery of production information. The ability to extract accurate, useful production level drawings and computer-aided manufacturing information (nest tapes, pipe spools, etc.) is a direct benefit for the waterfront.”


SSI has also benefitted from its association with Gibbs & Cox and believes that the benefits of the relationship will grow stronger in the future.


SSI CTO Denis Morais notes that, “We have worked closely with G&C on various types of projects and they are also aiding our product development via their independent perspective. As an autonomous design agent, G&C is able to identify opportunities for improvement that are not tied to proprietary shipyard production practices but rather can be flexible enough to benefit the entire shipbuilding community. SSI highly values the G&C point of view and appreciates how G&C projects can be pointed to as successful case studies for various scenarios from new construction to repair and refit activities.


SSI CEO Larkins is also delighted that Gibbs & Cox has had such success with ShipConstructor. He says, “SSI is very pleased with our working relationship with Gibbs & Cox as it has unfolded over the course of the LCS Freedom Class project. We congratulate them and the entire Lockheed Martin LCS Team on reaching the historic milestone of laying the keel for LCS 7; and know that they will have many more successes in the future.”

 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed

McDermott Elect G.P. Luquette Board Chairman

Provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services for upstream field developments worldwide, McDermott International, say that Gary P.

Ill-Considered Energy Policies Threaten US Navy: Report

The United States government has pursued energy policies based on “the mistaken belief in the unproven science that claims carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning

Navy

Two Navy Contracts for GD Bath Iron Works

Included in the latest listing of contracts awarded by the US Department of Defense, Navy, are two contracts with General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

Resolve Maritime Academy to Host 'DC Olympics'

Resolve Maritime Academy informs it is to host the Damage Control (DC) Olympics as an annual event for officers and damage control crew of US Navy and US Coast

AMSEA Awarded US$33-Million Navy MSC Contract

General Dynamics American Overseas Marine LLC (AMSEA) apprises it has been awarded the USD$32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large,

Vessels

New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the

Viking Welding Delivers Fire/Rescue Boats

Fire Departments in South Carolina and Minnesota have recently accepted delivery of Response FR-28 and FR-31J boats built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, N.

ISS to Support Petrobras Expansion

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)  has had its port agency and tanker husbandry services contract significantly enlarged by Petrobras.   The Brazilian government-owned energy giant,

Software Solutions

European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be

ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting.

TEPNG Integrates AVEVA Engineering & Design

AVEVA announced that TOTAL E&P Nigeria Ltd. (TEPNG) has adopted AVEVA’s Engineering & Design solutions as part of an Integrated Engineering & Design approach. TEPNG

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1737 sec (6 req/sec)