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Streamlining Change Processes in Shipbuilding
SSI USA is well-known for SSI shipbuilding software, namely their flagship product ShipConstructor software. SSI USA and COSTFACT are working on an integration of ShipConstructor and CostFact in order to streamline the change processes in shipbuilding and drive costs down by exchanging design data as a primary parameter.
By integrating ShipConstructor with the cost management software CostFact, the respective shipyards will obtain the capability to compare the economic value of design alternatives at the earliest design stages through detailed production design. A key benefit is that there will be a consistent information flow between technical and financial departments. This will make it practical to assess the cost-effectiveness of design options and then select one that achieves a targeted design-to-cost ratio.
There are multiple benefits to a successful project implementation for both the team shipyard members and their clients:
- CostFact initially is able to provide a much more detailed and comprehensive view of cost management and estimation across the enterprise (and by ship program). The methods utilized are much more sophisticated than what is currently being used.
- CostFact is able to realize analysis and optimization throughout a project lifecycle including the ability to recalculate and optimize cost issues that may occur during a project (changes).
- Integration of CostFact with ShipConstructor will allow new cost issues to be captured and adapted as they occur within the design model – giving an unprecedented view of cost planning and analysis while a project is underway and as changes or modifications are considered.
- Initial project cost estimations can be based on existing as-is ShipConstructor design models and used as a basis for adapting to changes and modifications in the project to capture cost deviations early.
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