Integrated Shipbuilding Environment (ISE) (2005-381)
- General Dynamics Electric Boat
- Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
- Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
- General Dynamics NASSCO
- And 18 Other Participants
*(Participant list represents a series of projects. Some listed may not have participate in all projects)*
September 1999 - March 2007
NSRP ASE Investment: $23.9M
Industry Investment: $27.4M
Improve shipyard interoperability by expanding the deployment of ISE to designing, developing and demonstrating prototype exchanges of CAD and CAE data for information describing compartment geometry and properties, and enabling CAD-independent interchanges of steel fabrication work packages.
NSRP’s Integrated Shipbuilding Environment (ISE) project portfolio is developing and deploying an industry-wide architecture for computer interoperability and a variety of tools that implement this architecture. ISE is targeting cost and cycle time reduction for both Navy and commercial customers by providing real-time digital connectivity between shipbuilders and their suppliers. ISE also targets the total ownership costs during the 40-year life of a ship in that it provides access to configuration data during the life of a ship or ship class – regardless of computer system upgrades. Enabling the sharing of production process and ship construction data is required to support a collaborative naval shipbuilding program across an extended enterprise.
The goal of the ISE series of projects is to develop and deploy an interoperability infrastructure and tool set, using readily available web-based technologies, that will facilitate the communication and sharing of ship design and manufacturing information across diverse computer systems.
Specific projects efforts included:
- ISE 1 defined requirements and a reference architecture on which to build modular capabilities.
- ISE 2 added the first set of capabilities (piping, hull forms and structures data interoperability). Specifically, it developed translators to share ship hull form data, structural data and piping data between different Computer Aided Design systems and between different applications such as CAD to simulation systems and CAD to analysis systems.
- ISE 3 consisted of 4 more individual tasks – modular in that each could be funded separately. These tasks were: develop Common Parts Catalog interface definitions to enable extension to other organizations (done), develop translators for sharing HVAC data (done); develop translators to share electrical data (unfunded standby task); work with PDES, Inc. shipbuilding pilot to demo the sharing of structural analysis data (unfunded standby task).
- ISE 4 addressed four areas: Electrical, Engineering Analysis, Ship Arrangement, and Steel Processing (CAD to CAM).
- ISE 5 continued developing the ability to use electrical standards (AP212) between ship design CAD models and SPAWAR datasets.
Many products from this project portfolio have been commercialized and implemented in production at multiple yards. These products facilitate the sharing of ship design and construction data between different computer systems and platforms being used by shipyards and suppliers. They also facilitate co-design and co-production to reduce ship costs and shorten acquisition cycles for both U.S. Navy and commercial customers. The tools test standards developed by the project to provide a means of storing product model data to be reused later when hardware and software systems have changed significantly. Examples of products developed include piping simulation tools developed by SIMSMART; CATIA piping translator; and both Tribon and Foran translators for piping, ship structures, and ship moulded forms.
Final Report – Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Point of Contact:
Dr. Burt Gischner, Electric Boat