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As a result of the increased pressure to reduce cost and delivery times of modern ships, many shipyards are revising their processes and tools to manage and share information across all shipyard departments. An important part of this process is in many cases the implementation of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Systems or an extended use of the PLM Systems to manage all the information that must be shared by the shipyard departments (engineering, purchasing, planning, operations, production, etc.). The solution presented in this panel for an advanced integration between the CAD and the PLM intends to comply with the most demanding requirements of the shipyards as well as to maintain the efficiency, the scalability and the performance of the shipbuilding CAD tool.
This project presents in detail the architecture of the applicability solution as well as the expected advantages and benefits for any shipyard. The use of specialized shipbuilding CAD Systems in a shipbuilding environments is crucial for the efficient design and manufacturing of ships. The scalability refers to both the number of CAD users and to the number of vessel items to be handled. Vessels are very complex products that may be composed of millions of items, requiring a large number of designers, accessing concurrently to the vessel product model. The design cycles of these vessels are usually very long and there are many design changes along the whole vessel lifecycle. Performance is another critical requirement, especially in the detail design and manufacturing stages, when the detail design is almost complete, there are hundreds of users working on the model, model changes are constant and information for the production processes must be provided continuously.
Tony Fernandez, SPE, was appointed vice president of Jefferies LLC’s energy investment banking group. Fernandez will work in the company’s Houston office as a technical lead in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. His last assignment before joining Jefferies was as reservoir engineer for Noble Energy’s deepwater Cyprus assets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Prior positions include petroleum engineer at RSK [UK] and associate corporate economic analyst at Valero Energy. Fernandez has received four SPE section and regional awards and is serving in several volunteer capacities. He is on the board of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals group and serves as 2015 editor-in-chief for the SPE publication The Way Ahead. A licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, Fernandez earned a BS degree in economics at Duke University and an MS degree in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.
ValvTechnologies named Oliver Perez as industry director of service. Perez most recently held service and operations management positions at the Fisher Controls' instrument and valve division of Emerson Process Management for more than 14 years. Earlier in his career, he worked at Flowserve, Parker, and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems. He holds a BS in business management from the University of Phoenix.