An evaluation of shipyard practices and their correlation to ship costs
Brock, Stephan C.
Papoulias, Fotis A.
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Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are produced by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. This thesis evaluates the processes executed by the acquisition community and selected the shipbuilders at the Ingalls shipyard to discover opportunities to gain efficiency in the overall ship acquisition process. The methods of research include analysis of empirical earned value management data, evaluation of the procurement contract, and an observational tour of the Ingalls shipyard conducted in August 2017. Exploring the problem space and shareholders with the power and interest to effect change reveals four main focus areas in which appropriate action may result in more efficient shipbuilding. These four areas are the macro-processes that take place off the shipyard, micro-processes that take place on the shipyard, the shipyard's layout and infrastructure, and the procurement contract. The results of the analyses of each of these areas revealed several opportunities for improvement. This thesis culminates with a list of recommendations for respective stakeholders that, if carried out, will improve cost efficiency, schedule adherence, and ship quality at the Ingalls shipyard.
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