May 2023 Edition

Welcome to the Spring Edition of The Chart Room! In this edition, let’s delve into the powerful capabilities of Industry 4.0 technologies and their role in driving digital transformation.

Have you found yourself grappling with the challenge of your various systems operating in silos, leading to excessive manual work and additional resource allocation, then you won’t want to miss exploring how our partner IMRDI developed solutions that helped with streamlining processes and enhanced overall productivity.

Additionally, we have some exciting news to share about a relatively new tool within ShipConstructor. This tool seamlessly integrates with Navisworks, enabling easy management and visualization of existing ShipConstructor files.

Last but not least, we are thrilled to bring you remarkable updates about our valued customers and the exciting events and projects InnovMarine has been involved in. Stay tuned for inspiring success stories and our partnerships in the ever-evolving maritime industry.

So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and delve into the Spring Edition of The Chart Room, where innovation, technology, and industry advancements await!



Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation

In our previous two issues of The Chart Room, we described various Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies and explored the meaning of digital transformation and digital thread maturity. In this issue we are bringing these concepts together to learn how one can empower the other.

This image provides a visual overview of how I4.0 technologies can be used to help companies on their journey toward digital transformation through the creation and maturity of the digital thread. With a mature digital thread companies can then transform themselves using more complex I4.0 technologies to create value for customers and unlock new business models.  We are already seeing what happens when new business models emerge and cause massive disruption. Just look at ChatGPT, Midjourney, and Microsoft 365 Copilot, as examples of powerful tools that are reshaping the way we work. This momentum is just the beginning of rapid change not only impacting industry but also finance, medicine, education, and media as well. This level of disruption will become normal as more technologies emerge and innovative ways of using and combining them are discovered, giving the saying “the only constant is change” a whole new meaning! As 3HTi contends in their Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 Primer, the fourth industrial revolution is digital transformation itself…are you there yet?

In the next edition of The Chart Room we will investigate these technologies further and provide some real world examples of how they can be used as enablers to digital transformation. If you are interested in any specific technologies or have questions about digital transformation, write to us and let us know!

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Problem? we have the solution

PROBLEM: A concern was brought up by one of our clients regarding their various systems functioning in silos requiring manual entry and several hours spent to allow information to flow between teams. In this case, the design team determines a comprehensive list of necessary components, while the planning team is responsible for estimating the quantities of parts, as well as allocating time and resources. Procurement is tasked with sourcing the required parts and quantities. Currently, the process involves manual entry of requests, which demands the dedication of three to four full-time employees.


Solution: IMRDI developed IFS Data Extract API tools that helped bridge these systems and reduce the time spent by 3 full time resources drastically to a few minutes.



By bridging the different systems involved in the process, the API tools enable seamless communication and data exchange between the design team, planning team, and procurement. This integration has allowed for better coordination and collaboration among the teams, resulting in improved resource allocation, accurate estimation of parts quantities, and efficient procurement of required parts.



Additionally, the use of IMRDI’s APIs supports better change management by ensuring that any new systems introduced to the process can be easily integrated and connected with existing systems. This flexibility allows for smooth transitions and minimizes disruptions when implementing changes or upgrades.





Overall, the implementation of the IFS Data Extract API tools by IMRDI has proven to be a valuable solution in addressing the challenges of working in silos, reducing manual effort, and improving the overall efficiency of the process. 

Solutions like this implemented by IMRDI are one way that InnovMarine can help optimize your business.  Our experience in Marine Business Consulting can help get you the solution strategies most beneficial to you.


Product tips

The SSI 2020 installer now includes ShipExplorer, a new addition to the SSI product family. The existing capabilities found within Navisworks Manage is now partnered with ShipConstructor to provide you with the ability to share design changes and communicate complex data models across local and wide area networks, all with the click of a button. ShipExplorer is a Navisworks Manage plugin that provides tools to allow existing ShipConstructor files to be easily managed and viewed from within Navisworks



ShipExplorer provides you with the ability to:

  • Load from ShipConstructor directly, or from NWF and NWC files.
  • Use the switchback feature to open the related model drawing within ShipConstructor.
  • Load and compare revisions between model drawings.
  • Load the product hierarchies and create sets from the hierarchies for easy navigation.
  • Use the embedded Search tool to find specific parts.

Click here to watch a demo video


Innovmarine Updates

Keeping the focus on Innovation, we are excited to share our customer, Seaspan’s effort in the realm of Innovation.

Seaspan Shipyards has awarded contracts worth $2.6 million to four leading Canadian companies in the marine industry to advance digitalization and modernize shipbuilding and fleet maintenance. These contracts demonstrate Seaspan’s commitment to innovation and growth opportunities in the Canadian supply chain. The agreements include providing access to Seaspan’s HoloShip platform, which offers an immersive visualization system for designing and experiencing digital ship models.

The selected companies, BCS Automation, Gastops, 3GA Marine, and Kognitiv Spark, will develop cutting-edge solutions ranging from ship control and monitoring systems to predictive maintenance and mixed reality tools, aiming to revolutionize the marine industry and enhance operational efficiency.

And in other significant news, Davie has officially been added to Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). As the third designated shipyard, Davie will play a crucial role in renewing and expanding the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. The shipyard based in Quebec reports that the agreement will provide a minimum of 20 years of work with a minimum of C$8.5 billion (US$6.3 billion) in work.

Speaking during a ceremony at the Davie shipyard, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Today’s announcement is bringing us one step closer to building the fleets for Canada’s future. Our strategic partnership with Chantier Davie will help ensure our Coast Guard is supported by modern, made-in-Canada vessels so it can continue to save lives, keep our waters secure, and protect the environment.”

We are also pleased to share that InnovMarine will be joining Davie Shipyard on a Trade Mission to France this month. We will also be attending the H2O conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 12-14, 2023.


And lastly, we are proud to announce that InnovMarine won the award for High-performing Small-Medium Enterprise at Les Pléiades held in Lévis, Quebec on 25th May 2023, conducted by the Lévis Chamber of Commerce.

Our customer, Chantier Davie won the award for Best Manufacturing Enterprise.

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