Auros in the Ship Building Industry
Shipyards continue to face the challenges of escalating costs associated with designing, building, operating, and maintaining government and commercial assets over their life-cycle. At the same time, ships are becoming more complex with advancing technologies, increasing regulations and requirements, and restricting design strategies. Today, engineers must look at the entire system, beyond the typical functional design boundaries, and address an expanding, interrelating complexity of systems within systems; whose boundaries continue to broaden with unintended consequences and challenges. They must balance increased requirements to optimize the design across Systems Engineering disciplines.
Shipyard time studies documented only 16% of the shipyard engineer’s time was spent on “value-added” activities. A significant portion of the engineer’s time is spent trying to locate, manage, filter, vet, and validate useful information. Today’s engineers are faced with an expanded complexity of systems, increased requirements, schedule constraints, and the challenge of ensuring design productivity. To deliver, the designer or engineer relies on standards and input buried in manuals, scattered among excel spreadsheets, individual files, and hiding in the minds and experience of their peers. As a result, recurring mistakes are made, resulting in schedule delays, rework, increased costs, and missed design optimization opportunities. Taking a passive approach to knowledge management and delivery in the ship design process fails to support the complex needs of our shipbuilding programs and introduces significant financial and schedule risk.
Like most organizations, you strive to operate more efficiently and effectively, but your time is consumed putting out the fires, dealing with setbacks, and solving current problems. So how are these challenges overcome? With the help of Auros software and services, our customers are able to resolve their problems by transforming the way their knowledge is captured, shared, and reused.
- Elimination of recurring mistakes
- Preservation and sharing of knowledge
- Improvement of engineering efficiency
- Reduction of undesirable variation
- Reduction in the enterprise IT footprint
Benefits Specific to Ship Building Organizations
- Improve first-time quality of ship design through knowledge provisioning
- Document compliance to regulatory standards
- Reduce “non-value added” engineering time spent between researching and retrieving information
- Simplify the design review process
- Improve knowledge exchange between shipyard and supporting design agents
- Reinforce the use of standard engineering processes
- Ensure shipyard producibility through the application of design for manufacturing standards
Notable Auros Customers
“Auros demonstrated a clear time and efficiency advantage (over the existing web repository process).”
“The search-ability by K-PAC elements is exactly what we’ve been dreaming about here for years.”
“We use a lot of different software, but Auros is one that is actually valuable.”
What is the Knowledge Aware Approach?
The Knowledge Aware approach is a coherent and comprehensive enterprise-level Knowledge Management strategy and technique. Unlike traditional knowledge management strategies, the Knowledge Aware approach activates knowledge in the flow-of-work. With it, knowledge is continuously being captured from standards, best practices, lessons learned, methods, techniques, requirements, employee knowledge, and other resources, broken down into digestible bite-sized pieces, and provisioned to the right person when and where it’s needed. This approach positively influences decision-making, which creates a more effective and efficient organization and more reliable outputs.
How Auros Can Be Used
Shipyards can use Auros for multiple areas of their business. Some include:
- Automate provisioning of design requirements directly into CAD
- Capture changes on lead ships to ensure incorporation on follow-on ships
- Provision Manufacturing for Design requirements into early ship design
- Provide traceability of design decisions
- Provide confirmation of compliance to regulations and design rules
- Provisioning of required maintenance procedures
Auros helps make this transition less painful by blending standard work and knowledge into the agile concept. By blending these two concepts, organizations can achieve the benefits of Agile with the predictability of standardized processes.
With Auros, comprehensive requirements assessments ensure full compliance in the Design process.
Auros has capabilities to define, approve, reject, and document deviations to requirements and standards.
With Auros, the evaluation can be easily delivered to the evaluator, which can be tracked, monitored, and reported.
The Auros system provides a robust regulatory compliance management tool.
Auros can deliver context specific rules into the CAD model from multiple stakeholders (ex. design, manufacturing, quality…), which are evaluated continuously during the design process.
See How Auros Works in a Live Demo
Our customers have adopted the Auros software to help with several of their major industry challenges, including: warranty issues, maintaining consistent quality, engineering efficiency, retiring workforce, loss of intellectual capital, and training new hires. To learn how your organization can benefit from Auros, like they did, schedule a complimentary demo of the Auros system.