Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Project Start: August 2014
Temporary services are identified as services that are required during fabrication but do not sail with the ship. These services provide craftsmen with ventilation, welding lines, electric lighting, power, compressed air, scaffolding, and various other services that are installed, utilized, and removed as craft complete each task. This results in a high number of utility lines leading to disorganized, unsafe, and cluttered passage ways cause interference, disruption, damage to doors and equipment, and contribute to trip safety hazards.
The Temporary Services project is focused on improving the process and equipment used to provide craftsmen with utility and support services during ship construction. This project will examine concepts and processes to provide utility services with lesser footprint and damage, lower cost and disruption with opportunities for technology insertion. The project will produce optimized plans and processes to reduce cost for the deployment of temporary services in the shipyard.
The project team will begin by forming an Integrated Product Team (IPT) comprised of key stakeholders who will identify the key areas that will provide the best opportunities for cost savings and document lessons learned from previous hulls. The team will then map the as-is process in the key areas identified by the IPT to highlight areas for improvement. The team will also investigate how other shipyards and industries provide temporary services. The team will investigate off the shelf products now on the market that can reduce fabrication cost. Once the baseline is complete, improving planning and routing of temporary utilities and possibly incorporating new products and processes investigated will optimize the processes.
This Ingalls project has two phases: Phase I Identifying and Defining Needs and Requirements and Phase II Piloting the Temporary Service Optimization Solutions. Upon completion of the Temporary Services Optimization project, Ingalls will update process documents for temporary service(s) (validated by project), purchase new products/technology (proven by project), and implement new processes and equipment per the developed optimized plan. Once implemented, this technology could reduce associated labor hours with an estimated cost savings of $514K per LHA hull.