In 1990, the US NAVSEA initiated the Ship Design, Acquisition and Construction (DAC) Process Improvement Program. The DAC process improvements are revolutionising warship design by making design everyone's job. This paper discusses current initiatives such as: 1) concurrent engineering: integrated product and process development teams, collocated physically or electronically, employing a new design methodology to harness the true power of multi- functional teams; 2) systems engineering: a top-down integration of combat/weapon systems and HM&E systems into a total warship system; 3) transition of new technologies; assessing and integrating emerging technologies with new ship designs and 4) modelling and simulation: simulation based design/virtual prototypes, 3-D digital product models, and CAD/CAM/CAE. How these concepts are being applied to the early 1990s designs of CVN 76 and LPD 17 is described in the paper. The potential for truly revolutionary changes for future ship designs just getting underway is also discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Naval Engrs J, v 107 n 3, May 1995, p 283 [19 p, 8 ref, 2 tab, 15 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Tibbitts, B
    • Keane, R G
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00716917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM