SHIPYARD PLANNING AND THE COMPUTER: FACT OR FANTASY

The planning environment in American shipyards has undergone a change of technique and attitude with the upswing in use of computers. Traditional planning mechanisms have given way to PERT networks and sophisticated data collection and reporting computer systems. This transition has not been as successful as was intended, as evidenced by the planning and scheduling problems faced by many of these computerized yards. Data processing was moved from the basic accounting arena into operations research and massive production-oriented systems which has diluted the planning effort. This is caused by planners which have not evolved from production, a planning attitude that the computer can solve all problems, and management's inability to recognize the shortcomings of computer software. Technology is available to assist the shipyard with total planning and complete ship's plans and schedules. However planning, in itself, must be adapted to use this computer technology and not be driven by it. These topics are addressed: (1) An analysis of traditional planning techniques; (2) An evaluation of data processing in the planning environment; (3) A critique of the computerized planner; (4) Recommendations for management, planning, and data processing to improve the problem areas of computers in planning.

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  • Pagination: p. 185-194

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329818
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM