Australian shipbuilder Austal has partnered with software company Prostep to upgrade its information technology (IT) infrastructure.

In June, the partners started a project to develop Austal’s digital enterprise platform based on Prostep’s Integration platform OpenPDM.

The project aims to streamline the information flow between enterprise data management systems, including product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and data warehouse (DWH).

In order to support the digital transformation, Austal has already deployed a new ERP system and started enhancing its current PDM functions.

Now, the shipbuilder plans to establish a ‘traceable and robust’ connection between different systems.

In a statement, Prostep said: “The Australian shipbuilding experts were looking for a suitable solution that would enable end-to-end data storage across company boundaries, IT systems and domains, and which would provide appropriate support for secure and status-based data transfer.”

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The OpenPDM integration platform features OpenPDM SHIP, a marine and offshore-specific extension that is said to address these needs.

It provides integrated PLM semantics optimised for shipyard procedures.

Austal was looking for a scalable integration solution that could be controlled by its own IT department.

This was factored in by the company when opting for OpenPDM as the basis for the development of its digital enterprise platform.

The initial step saw implementing use cases that address data exchange between resource planning and product development.

Austal will be able to use the new capabilities instantly and the company’s IT experts will be trained for subsequent operation of the integration platform at an early phase.

In collaboration with Austal, Prostep will work on additional development steps according to the shipyard’s needs.

Prostep said: “Following successful integration of the PDM and ERP systems, implementing the transfer of drawings and bill of materials as well as operation cutting work orders is being discussed.

“Thought is also being giving to integrating other systems, from business planning to payroll accounting, in the corporate platform.”

In March, Austal Philippines delivered a 109m high-speed catamaran ferry, Austal Hull 419, to Norwegian ferry operator Fjord Line.