How to Handle One Terabyte of Data From the Conversion of an FPSO


By The Maritime Executive 2017-10-24 20:55:11

Meet Marc Derks, Senior Project Manager at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, who worked on the upgrade of the  FPSO Petrojarl 1. This vessel is 215 meters long and 32 meters wide – a major challenge. “With such a large project, you will have a gigantic amount of data. A professionally organized data management tool will be very welcome,” Marc says. Also at the table is Yves de Vos, Interface Coordinator: “With a small investment we could instantly import data from all kinds of programs and we could make relationships in complex data. We could do a lot of work faster and with less people. We need to expand this success further.”

1. The time of Excel has passed. Choose an intelligent data management program

“A lot of shipyards still work with Excel. This goes well until someone becomes ill, or when there appear to be multiple versions or when internal relations need to be made between 22.000 items/tags with a size of one terabyte which also need to have sub relations. In this case Excel-data becomes unreliable,” says Marc. Yves adds: “Excel is to calculate and no carrier of complex data. My message to everyone that wants to learn from this story: start looking for an intelligent data management program. In Shipbuilder we have found a reliable and intelligent tool.”

2. Flexible data management tools are required for a competitive shipyard

Within the project, Yves was responsible for the design of Shipbuilder. “I find it a flexible program which is designed for the shipbuilding industry. The modification and upgrade of the Petrojarl 1 had highly variable dimensions which caused the data structure to sometimes be greatly adjusted. I had it done in three days. In comparison, with other programs this took me more than three weeks. Let alone when you’re talking about a program like Excel, which simply had not worked. Practice has shown: a flexible data management program is required for business and competitive position of a shipyard.”

3. Workfloor is leading in digitization: acceptance rate workfloor up

Marc is a great supporter and pioneer of digitizing shipbuilding, an area he gets to specialize in at the innovative firm Damen. “Digitization is being implemented globally in various ways. What I often see is ERP programs in which everything is documented by cost code. This does not match with the workfloor where technical and logistic structures are required. My advice is to find a program which does match. With the upgrade of the Petrojarl 1 we have successfully used Shipbuilder, because it could process every kind of structure at the same time.” Yves adds: “I noticed some terminology on the workfloor was different than in Shipbuilder. I adjusted this in no time. With that flexibility it's a 100 percent guarantee the software matches the workfloor which naturally causes the acceptance rate of users to be higher. With each other we had a hold of that one terabyte of data and the project.”

For more information on Shipbuilder, please visit http://shipbuilder.nl/.

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