NASSCO Hosts Workshop On Computerized Cost Estimating For Shipbuilding

The National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) recently hosted a workshop in San Diego for members of the Institute for Research and Engineering for Automation and P r o d u c t i v i t y in Shipbuilding (IREAPS) to" provide a detailed explanation of implementing prototype software for a computer aided estimating system for shipbuilding (CAESS).

The CAESS system, developed by NASSCO, provides the estimator with a flexible means of obtaining detailed information which aids in formulating estimates. CAESS relieves the estimator of laborious accounting tasks; increases estimate accuracy ; improves timeliness; reduces preparation costs; provides a central database for easy access; provides f l e x i b i l i t y for growth; and provides capability for early trade-off options and changes desired by the customer or offered by the shipbuilder. The CAESS software was delivered to IREAPS in late March 1982 for distribution to interested members.

Coordinated by IREAPS, the workshop is one of several research and development projects designed to improve U.S. shipyard productivity. IREAPS is managed by ITT Research Institute, a contract research and development organization which has applied science and technology to solve problems for industry and government since 1936.

Among the attendees were representatives of Todd Shipyards; Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point; University of Michigan; Newport News Shipbuilding; MarAd; Avondale Shipyard; and NASSCO. For further information on the IREAPS program,

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