AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 237Leading solutions for the shipyard industryAVEVA MARS (developed by Logimatic but acquired by AVEVA Solutions Ltd in July 2010) is a shipbuilding process management system that optimises project control, logistics, materials management, resource and production planning. It has been designed specifically for the shipbuilding industry, to significantly reduce cost and construction time, thereby increasing a shipyard's profitability and competitive strength. More than just a supplier of softwareToday, AVEVA's solution has been deployed across various business areas at IHC Merwede, and it is among the most important IT systems at the shipyard. It has grown, together with the shipyard and, for several years now, they have been experiencing the benefits of implementing an Integrated Shipbuilding Solution.Jaap Toonen stresses that the successful roll-out of the AVEVA MARS system is mainly due to an organisation which has been willing to adjust to changes, and a professional software supplier which has always had the right approach towards the assignment.'When implementing a new IT system that is at first completely unknown to you, it is crucial that you gain the support of those who are going to use it as their daily working tool. One pitfall could be the fact that your employees do not want to claim ownership of the new system, as your shipyard is already doing fine with the current set-up, besides which, most people tend to be afraid of change if they are not properly informed.'Fortunately, as an organisation, we have always focused on opportunities rather than obstacles, so that was never a problem before, during or after the implementation. Furthermore, AVEVA has invariably been a highly capable supplier with whom we have had a very good working relationship from the beginning.'After nearly a decade of cooperation we do not really see AVEVA as a supplier, but more as a partner who knows very well our business processes and our way of thinking...'About AVEVA MARSAVEVA MARS consists of three integrated applications: AVEVA MARS Material for material management AVEVA MARS Planning for resource planning and controlAVEVA MARS Production for production management.AVEVA MARS is developed in close cooperation with some of the world's leading shipyards, enabling it to incorporate a number of best-practice processes and providing natural support for processes which are vital for a modern shipyard. It is currently in use at some 50 shipyards worldwide.The heavy-lift vessel Oleg Strashnov was designed and built by IHC Merwede using For more information, visit www.aveva.com/marsAVEVA technology. Photograph courtesy of IHC Merwede.Jaap Toonen demonstrates in the assembly hall an excellent result when integrated software supports outfitting at its best. Photograph courtesy of IHC Merwede.
'After nearly a decade of cooperation we do not really see AVEVA as a supplier, but more as a partner who knows very well our business processes and our way of thinking. They have a high level of customer service which is demonstrated, for example, by the fact that they have a dedicated Service and Support team who always provide quick, constructive solutions if problems should occur.'In addition to that, they have had three of their consultants stationed here with us at different times, which was a good experience for us as it provided us with competent local support. Finally, AVEVA arranges regular user conferences, which gives customers the opportunity to network and learn about various subjects that are of importance to them. We always participate in the conferences, as we learn a lot from them and AVEVA from us,' continues Jaap Toonen.Benefits obtained and future aimsHaving used the AVEVA MARS system for almost ten years, IHC Merwede is reaping the benefits of implementing a system that has been developed specifically for the shipyard industry. The shipyard understands, however, that they have to maintain the pace of technological innovation in order to guarantee a competitive edge in a fierce market.'After the implementation,' says Jaap Toonen, 'we optimised several of our main business processes, including materials management. A firm control of our material flow has helped us become a more competitive and efficient shipyard, as we have significantly reduced our manufacturing costs. We have also streamlined our IT structure, so all our systems are working well together.'We know, nevertheless, that we are only as good as our last performance, and we must always continue analysing and improving our shipyard processes. We have been continuously upgrading our AVEVA solutions when necessary, and have added even more functionality. We expect to keep on doing so, in order to maintain our strong position in the global shipbuilding market,' concludes Jaap Toonen.For more information about IHC Merwede, visit www.ihcmerwede.com.38AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2The suction dredger Gateway was designed and built using AVEVA technology. Photograph courtesy of IHC Merwede.The pipelaying vessels Seven Pacific and Seven Oceans were designed and built using AVEVA technology. Photographs courtesy of IHC Merwede.