Learning Curve and Return of Investment in the Implementation of a CAD System in a Generic Shipbuilding Environment

12/09/2016
Learning Curve and Return of Investment in the Implementation of a CAD System in a Generic Shipbuilding Environment

COMPIT 2016, 911 May - Lecce (Italy).

The paper shows an analysis performed to provide a clear idea of the Return on Investment of using CAD Systems (in particular, the FORAN system) in a generic shipyard. The Return on Investment analysis for software implementation must consider the changes in productivity during its application period. Those changes in productivity can be generically represented by a transition curve along a learning period. After that period, the standard productivity gain is achieved. The use of a CAD System provides not only a cost reduction in design, but also a cost reduction in production, including two major aspects: savings in materials due to a more accurate definition of components and material management, as well as savings in materials due to a significant reduction of design changes, and consequently reduction of rework in production; and savings of production man-hours due to the reduction of changes and rework.

Rodrigo Perez, SENER

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