THE NAVAL ARCHITECT AS "SYSTEMS ENGINEER" FOR THE SHIPOWNER/OPERATOR

To an observer, there is a growing gap between the technical capabilities of industry practitioners and knowledge/information suppliers in some specialist areas, notably advanced management techniques and structures. Ocean engineers, marine/maritime and naval architects are professional engineers educated for the design/analysis of a wide range of ocean engineering systems that also cover system design and integration. Those responsible for the day to day operation of the fleet do not normally have these business/design/analytical skills, nor the time to dedicate to the design or implementation of systems. New software tools in the hands of experienced degree qualified engineers equipped with the latest project management skills can be used inside an owners organization in new ways. Such knowledge based application of skills to set up technical systems, audit existing systems and provide specialized internal consulting services is a new precedent in the industry. Naval architects are ideally qualified to fulfil this role. Existing job descriptions do not cater to the kind of technical services proposed, which are akin to specialized legal and medical services often provided by specialists working inside shipping organizations. This paper explains the idea further and examines some issues that could be addressed by professional societies and academia in order to "sell" the idea to shipowners. Practical examples are given based on the author's experience as an owner's naval architect.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • RINA Intl Conf NEWBUILD 2000 & the Role of the Naval Architect in Ship and Offshore Projects; 24-25 Oct 1995; London, UK. Pprs. Publ by RINA, London, UK. Ppr 18 [15 p, 40 ref, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Lee, J A
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00718821
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM