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New Findings Reported from Seoul National University Describe Advances in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

May 7, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Investigators publish new report on Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. According to news reporting from Seoul, South Korea, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Most shipbuilding scheduling research so far has focused on the load level on the dock plan. This is because the dock is the least extendable resource in shipyards, and its overloading is difficult to resolve."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Seoul National University, "However; once dock scheduling is completed, making a plan that makes the best use of the rest of the resources in the shipyard to minimize any additional cost is also important. Block assignment planning is one of the midterm planning tasks; it assigns a block to the facility (factory/shop or surface plate) that will actually manufacture the block according to the block characteristics and current situation of the facility. It is one of the most heavily loaded midterm planning tasks and is carried out manually by experienced workers. In this study, a method of representing the block assignment rules using a diagram was suggested through analysis of the existing manual process. A block allocation program was developed which automated the block assignment process according to the rules represented by the diagram."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The planning scenario was validated through a case study that compared the manual assignment and two automated block assignment results."

For more information on this research see: Automation of block assignment planning using a diagram-based scenario modeling method. International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 2014;6(1):162-174. International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering can be contacted at: Soc Naval Architects Korea, Sci & Technol Bldg, Rm 508, 635-4, Yeoksam-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, 135-703, South Korea.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I.H. Hwang, Seoul National University, Res Inst Marine Syst Engn, Seoul 151, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include Y. Kim, D.K. Lee and J.G. Shin.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Seoul, South Korea, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

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Source: Journal of Engineering