Benchmarking Naval Shipbuilding With 3D Laser Scanning, Additive Manufacturing, and Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-063

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Evolving Technologies

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: David Ford, Tom Housel, Sandra Hom, Jonathan Mun

Title: Benchmarking Naval Shipbuilding With 3D Laser Scanning, Additive Manufacturing, and Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2016/SYM-AM-16-063.pdf

Keywords: Technologies, shipbuilding

Abstract:

Evolving threats and shrinking budgets require that the Navy adopt and implement new technologies effectively and efficiently. The current work estimates the potential cost savings of the adoption and implementation of three advanced technologies: Three Dimensional Scanning (3DLS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Additive Manufacturing (AM). A review of the capabilities and current uses of the technologies is the basis for modeling their impacts on shipbuilding operations. Knowledge Value Added models were then used to estimate returns on investment without and with the technologies. These results were used to estimate shipbuilding cost savings over the life of the current U.S. Navy shipbuilding plan. Finally, strategic real options were developed and valued to incorporate implementation flexibility into cost savings estimates. Results indicate that the U.S. Navy can save an average of over $2.70 billion per year over 29 years if the potential improvements available through 3DLST, PLM, and AM are fully exploited, regardless of the implementation approach. If implemented fully and immediately, these three new technologies can save the U.S. Navy $3.07 billion, or $3.37 billion if implemented sequentially.