Shipbuilding industry at a crossroads
Siemens – On February 20, 2014, the Global Shipbuilding Executive Summit (GSES) members, which included more than 80 executives from government and industry from both the USA and Europe, focused on four areas:
- Pre-contract award process
- Design and engineering processes
- Shipyard productivity improvements
- Shipbuilding process improvements.
There were two groups of 10 members each that focused on developing a specific set of steps to improve each of the four focus areas over the next 15–18 months, including setting a set of goals for the next GSES in February 2015 and selecting an executive mentor to help guide each team. At the conclusion to the summit, the members voted on the top recommendations to pursue over the next 12 months. There were eight of them.
The top three recommendations were:
- Collaboratively develop requirements that are aligned with and consistent with budgets;
- Reduce uniqueness in future ship classes, i.e., common systems; and
- Optimize the material flow through shipyards.
The other five of the eight recommendations will be considered in the next phase of this long-term program between government and industry to improve shipbuilding productivity and lower the overall total ownership cost of future ship classes and fleets. Now, cross-functional teams are being formed to pursue each of the top three recommendations. They will meet monthly and have quarterly reviews with the mentors and a final progress report to GSES VI in February 2015.
The top priority for each recommendation is for the results of team research to have significant and measureable impact on the cost of future ship classes and to share these recommendations with shipbuilders around the world to improve shipbuilding productivity via technical papers, presentations and briefings. more> http://tinyurl.com/nmvn3ee
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