MDI: Shipyard Production Expertise

Maritime Design, Inc. (MDI) offers a wide range of technical services, but director of marketing & sales. Bob Rogaski stresses MDI's shipyard experience to ship owner prospects. "Maritime Design, Inc. demonstrates a long line of experience with the medium size shipyard and possesses strong talent and experience in shipyard production. This experience will benefit the ship owner via MDI's unique Linking Design with Production capability for resolving mat- ters of ship production with mission requirements and regulatory issues." MDI has pioneered a cost-effective proprietary CAD/CAM production system for ensuring material control and fabrication fit?up through a work breakdown methodology. "All processes in the MDI system are approached and rationalized using first principles from the classic art of design engineering integrated with state-of-the-art technique and equipment." Maritime Design, Inc. president Jim Konopasek was actively involved in contributing to the final rule language (33 CFR Part 157) of double hull treatment to "existing vessels" and also holds a U.S. design patent for double hull treatment. MDI is particularly interested in assisting the inland and coastal barge and tanker operators resolve their double hull compliance issues.

Maritime Design, Inc. has identified a growing need for reliable and accurate project status information by senior management. Konopasek said that, "while large shipyards generally enjoy series class construction over a long term, the medium size shipyard is often challenged by multi-project constructions in short durations with demanding paths. For example, today's medium size shipyard generally possesses a core group whose individual qualifications represents and fulfills the shipyard's intentions for approaching a shipbuilding project. The supporting personnel to these groups may experience a large turnover from project to project and today, may not acquire the desired training and experience. All shipbuilding activities are complex and may wage risk to government contracting agencies.

ship owners, shipbuilders and financial institutions. Each stands to realize substantial benefit by utilizing (cooperatively or individually) the MDI Quality Track Assurance Team. Companies that recognize or practice ISO 9000 quality standards will greatly enhance their program with the MDI Quality Track Assurance Team." Circle 72 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  May 2000

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