Digital Analysis for Modernization of Enterprise Industrial Ecosystems

NCMS Project #: 142011

Problem: For the commercial manufacturing industry to maintain their competitive advantage, modernization of facilities is a critical step toward establishing a holistic maintenance and sustainment network or ecosystem optimized for speed and efficiency.  Continuous operational capability is essential for the U.S. Navy and our country’s national defense strategy.  Improvements in this arena will mitigate equipment down time, while increasing throughput efficiencies that lead to cost savings, which can be passed on to end consumers. 

Benefit: The opportunity to modernize the naval shipyard ecosystem as a whole creates synergies and efficiencies needed to sustain the fleet in today’s modern world and into the future.  This will act as a surrogate for global manufacturing companies that perform MRO, by linking major infrastructure investments that support the entire enterprise to a digital twin and determining the return on investment with greater assurance.  In this instance the effort is directed at the Navy’s four shipyards, however, the methodology created could directly apply to other MRO facilities. 

Solution/Approach: Inefficiencies across the multiple shipyards are commonplace due to the lack of an enterprise-level, comprehensive view of the ecosystem for all four shipyards resource availability and component-level scheduled maintenance plans.  Creating a digital twin, or virtual as-is” model will be used to optimize the processes without negatively impacting the current work being completed at the shipyards, from which an analysis of alternative designs will then be generated.  In order to accomplish the overarching objective of developing a holistic enterprise level digital shipyard ecosystem, this effort will create a digital models of the Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) industrial depots, informed by the constraints associated with new infrastructure, technology, equipment and management decisions as they impact depot production.  This will lead to a NAVSEA-wide approach for prioritizing, scheduling and resourcing infrastructure improvements with the goal of streamlining ship overhauls and maximizing shipyard efficiency. 

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Standardize processes
  • Informed decision-making
  • Increase productivity and efficiencies
  • Mitigate equipment downtime
  • Reduce maintenance burden, touch labor and costs
  • Maximize warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 555 and NAVSEA 04
  • Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard and IMF
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and IMF
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)

Industry Participation:

  • Siemens Government Technologies
  • Engineering USA
  • Bechtel National, Inc.
  • Orbis
  • LCE
  • Mainsail
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Energy efficiency

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety