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The current state of digital transformation in shipbuilding

When looking at the level of digitalization, shipbuilding is often considered as one of the least digitally advanced industries. It is, however, important to understand the differences between digitization, digitalization and digital transformation first:

  1. Digitization: is the conversion of information into a computer-readable format. A prime example of digitization is moving from a drawing board to AutoCAD. The latter can be considered as a digital drawing board that speeds up drafting and is currently one of the core tools found throughout the entire shipbuilding industry. Digitization, however, is just about the optimization of certain tasks such as to reduce the required time to create technical drawings.
  2. Digitalization: is the use of digital technologies to optimize business processes. It particularly changes how work is done and how stakeholders engage and interact. It goes well beyond the implementation of technology for certain tasks and optimizes the global-scale performance of organizations, yielding a significant competitive advantage for them.
  3. Digital Transformation: is the total and overall societal effect of a wide-spread digitalization of the industry. It refers to the transformation of business models, socio-economic structures, legal and policy measures, organizational patterns, and so forth.

The shipbuilding industry has undergone a widespread digitization in the past, but the digitalization has yet to take place. Naval Architect is the very first solution on the market that seeks for a true digitalization of business processes to initiate a comprehensive and sustainable digital transformation of the shipbuilding industry.

So what is Naval Architect?

Naval Architect is a cloud-native design platform to connect stakeholders of shipbuilding projects over a browser-based cloud platform to collectively work on a “digital ship model”. Instead of focusing on the improvement of isolated tasks, Naval Architect addresses the overall process: it fundamentally changes how stakeholders engage and interact in shipbuilding projects by moving from a process of information distributed across technical drawings, CAD data and other documents to a shared digital representation of the ship. The central model serves as a reliable “single source of truth” for all stakeholders to collaboratively work on, setting the basis for a sustainable digital transformation of the shipbuilding industry.