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Aveva: Helping shipyards to a record output

Cambridge: Shipbuilding might be going through one its lean periods, but paradoxically this has led to ever greater efficiency in ship construction. Data just out from Clarkson shows that average shipyard output in cgt actually hit an all-time high last year. Average yard output last year was 98,000 cgt, well up from the 82,000 cgt recorded in 2010.

Engineering software specialist Aveva is doing its bit to create this heightened output. Explains Richard Longdon, Aveva’s ceo, “The shipbuilding market has been depressed for some time now, putting a premium on the ability to deliver more innovative designs, at lower cost, with higher quality and in less time.”

Aveva Marine is the company’s dedicated engineering, design and production software suite for the shipbuilding industry.

“The automation it brings,” Longdon claims, is a key enabler of lean methodologies in the shipyard.”

Efficient shipbuilding also demands efficient management of materials and resources, which requires sophisticated project management software. To this end the company also provides Aveva Enterprise Resource Management, amaterials management and logistics solution for shipbuilders and similar project-oriented capital engineering businesses.

“No other solution provider can match this combination of productivity and integration, which is why our technology is used by all the world’s most efficient and productive shipyards,” Longdon says.

The software boss expects shipyards already using Aveva Marine to incrementally extend their capabilities by exploiting the opportunities offered by newer technologies. 3D laser scanning, for example, is not only delivering tremendous value on refit and conversion projects, but can also close the loop between design, fabrication and construction on newbuild projects, he points out.

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