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Going digital critical for shedding complexity: Samsung Heavy

PUBLISHED : September 18, 2019 - 15:37

UPDATED : September 18, 2019 - 15:39

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SINGAPORE -- While digital transformations remain a demanding task for capital-intensive projects like shipbuilding and power plant construction, firms who have managed to catch on are learning to avoid the complexity in managing data flow.

One of them is South Korea’s major shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, which has won 28 orders this year, along with a 1.1 trillion won ($923.6 million) order to construct an offshore plant.

Going digital is indispensable, even for players in marine engineering, an official of Samsung Heavy said Sept. 17 at Aveva World Summit 2019 being held in Singapore.

Samsung Heavy Industries official Park Sung-yun delivers a presentation during a session at Aveva World Summit 2019 in Singapore on Sept. 17.
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“The shipbuilding industry, including offshore plants, is far less automated than the electronic and automotive industries,” said Park Sung-yun, CAD development 2 manager in charge of offshore plant engineering design at Samsung Heavy.

The company currently uses various digital solutions -- software -- including S3D and Aveva Marine, as well as ones to manage a digital real-time replica, such as Samsung Enterprise Visualization and Simulation and AnyView, according to Park.

The solutions have allowed its employees to simultaneously keep track of changes in the design and perform clash-checks free of errors at the engineering stage, get access to optimized dimension viewpoint real-time with 3-D fabrication drawings and simulate the ship’s performance with a digital replica.

For offshore plant designs, Samsung’s marine engineering unit adopted the Aveva Marine industrial software in 2014. This has helped enhance accuracy and efficiency in engineering design by offering both functions of structure modeling and outfitting modeling.

Previously, the modeling work had to be duplicated at the top and the hull of the ship, using different software, causing the whole information to be managed manually using spreadsheets, he said.

“We had trouble figuring out the exact status during execution, and could not automate the modeling and drawing,” Park said.

“Also, due to the size of our products, there was a high possibility of errors.”

Park was the only speaker from Korea at the two-day conference hosted by the UK-based industrial software maker. He made a presentation in a session along with representatives of Japanese firm Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding and Swedish company Saab Kockums.

Headquartered in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, Samsung Heavy has shipyards in the southernmost city of Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, as well as coastal cities in China and Nigeria.

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