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Title: Integrated Digital Shipbuilding at Newport News Shipbuilding Moving Towards a Model-Based Enterprise

Author(s): Mark Debbink, Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding


This paper will discuss how Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) is evolving its aircraft carrier design and processes from a Nimitz Class 2D drawing centric business into a Ford Class model-based enterprise that is more data centric. The initial usage of the 3D product model was for design, engineering, feeding digital data to shop equipment, and creating 2D drawings for our craftspeople to use in building the ship. Additional manufacturing, construction, and maintenance data is captured in drawings, procedures, or databases that are not digitally integrated.

NNS has established an integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS) initiative that will accelerate adoption of digital and mobile technology while upgrading existing Product Life-Cycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to drive widespread productivity gains throughout the value stream. NNS is working through the maturity levels of the Model Based Enterprise in order to increase construction efficiency and decrease life-cycle modernization and maintenance costs. One of the iDS outcomes will be a drawingless work environment for the craftsman.