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Simulation Based Automatic Design for Producability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-C-0202
Agency Tracking Number: N021-1148
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5095 S. Washington Ave., Suite 105
Titusville, FL 32780
United States
DUNS: 198204989
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Rourke
 Chief Technology Officer
 (321) 427-4892
Business Contact
 Lyn Merritt
Title: President
Phone: (321) 432-2649
Research Institution

Design for producability is the key to reducing ship construction costs. The most direct way to ensure that design for producability goals are met is to automate portions of the design process, enforcing producability requirements in software. IndustrialPlanning Technology Inc has developed an automated design and planning technology that is based on the use of high fidelity fabrication and assembly simulators. This technology yields lower construction costs than traditional rule-based design forproducability, and does not require the development of comprehensive design rules.Distribution systems (piping, cabling, HVAC) represent between 25% and 40% of the construction cost for Naval ships. This project has established the feasibility of developing an automatic design for producability/maintainability tool, which couples anautomatic 3D spatial router for ship piping, cabling, and HVAC with Industrial Planning Technology's construction planning and simulation tools. The benefits of this approach are lower construction cost through optimized design for producability, reduceddesign costs, and lower total cost of ownership through automated design for maintainability. The technology would be packaged as a plug-in to existing commercial ship design systems. Anticipated savings are $13 million per year in construction and design costs per year for U.S. shipyards, and $1.1 billion dollars in total life cycle savings for Navy programs over the next 50 years.

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