Maritime slowwlllyyyy enters the 21st century

Maritime slowwlllyyyy enters the 21st century

Many of you may know that I’m a naval architect by training and, despite a career more related to software than ships, I’m still part of a proud seafaring tradition. Building and operating ships is fascinating! And, lately, it’s coming up more and...
ASNE highlights need for affordable, flexible ships

ASNE highlights need for affordable, flexible ships

It’s ASNE time again, when the US naval engineering community gets together to figure out how to better spend the scarce resource that is taxpayer money in the defense of the nation. I wrote last year about the dynamics of the US shipbuilding industry—mostly...
AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

I was in Berlin last week, a fascinating city to host one of the plant/marine engineering world’s premier events: the AVEVA World Summit.  The Summit brings together designers, constructors, operators and owners from across the world and across industries, to...
Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

You probably don’t know this, but my family lived in Hamburg, Germany, when I was little. Some of my best memories are of going with my Dad to the Port of Hamburg and crawling around ships with him on a Saturday. Memories are tricky, though: I probably got to do...
Shipbuilding’s resource management challenge

Shipbuilding’s resource management challenge

A long time ago I took a job at Bath Iron Works, in the Hull Drawing Room. MIT hadn’t taught me anything as practical as how a ship was actually built (although I could analyze the heck out of it), so the Drawing Room foreman sent me on rotation through the...
US shipbuilding: a study in contrasts

US shipbuilding: a study in contrasts

Did you know that US shipyards built 1260 ships in 2012? And that 99% of the units were commercial while 60% of the revenue seen by the builders was from the military? Me neither — I had suspected but had no idea it was this imbalanced. I also didn’t know...