SNAME T&R - Designing Out Complexity Early: A Path to Affordable Flexible Warships

When:  Jul 29, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)
The Global Shipbuilding Executives Summit (GSES), in collaboration with the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), has been working closely with the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships for a number of years on a Flexible Warships Initiative (FWI). This presentation summarizes contributions of a SNAME Ship Design Committee (SDC) and its SD-8 Naval Ships Panel workshop that identified the need for early stage design measures of complexity and new Design Space Exploration (DSE) ship design methods including new ship costing tools that are more sensitive to these measures of complexity. It presents proposals for identifying and/or developing work content analysis tools as well as design methods for addressing distributed systems during DSE in early stage ship concept design, and for performing DSE with these new design methods to more accurately evaluate design characteristics of flexible ships. Teaming with a highly experienced shipyard production executive, principles for design of flexible ships were identified. They emphasize that under-sizing the ship during concept design studies increases ship outfit density and adds unnecessary complexities to the design and construction of the ship. The recent GSES study of foreign naval ships validates that early stage design decisions on properly sizing the ship are a major contributor to reducing complexities of designs leading to work content reductions in Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) and providing more flexible naval ships for future upgrades and modernizations. Finally, SDC/SD-8 propose solutions that will aid design engineers and decision-makers in designing out complexities early, putting ship designs on a path to becoming flexible warships which are easier/more affordable to build, operate, maintain and modernize throughout their full service-life.

Speaker Name & Bio
Robert G. Keane, JR., President, Ship Design USA, Inc.

ROBERT G. KEANE, JR., President, Ship Design USA, Inc. has over 50 years of naval ship design experience, 35 years of which were in senior technical leadership positions at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). During 21 years as a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES), he served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief Naval Architect, Chief of Ship Design, Director of Ship Survivability and Technical Authority for Total Ship System Engineering and Hull Form Design, Stability and Hydrodynamics. His Navy-led ship design teams completed over 35 major Contract Designs which resulted in the acquisition of about 200 naval ships. He now heads his own consulting firm; Ship Design USA, Inc. Mr. Keane received a B.E.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology in ship hydrodynamics, and a M.S.E. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a Life Fellow of SNAME and a Life member of ASNE, as well as Chair of the SNAME-ASNE Joint Ship Design Committee. He is a plank-owner of the Navy’s Center for Innovation in Ship Design, is well published and has received numerous honorary awards, including the National Academy of Sciences Gibbs Brothers Medal, Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, SNAME RADM David Taylor Medal, and ASNE CAPT Harold Saunders and Frank Law Awards. He was born and raised in Baltimore, married his high school sweetheart and they have three sons and six grandchildren.

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