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WinGD standardises digital data with Shipdex

A Shipdex steering committee meeting in November 2017 at WinGD’s headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland A Shipdex steering committee meeting in November 2017 at WinGD’s headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland

Marine engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has announced its intention to begin supplying technical documentation in accordance with Shipdex standards, a set of specifications for digital data exchange adapted for the maritime sector from the S1000D specification applied in the aerospace and defence industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Shipdex is used to standardise the electronic dissemination of technical data to equipment manufacturers, shipyards and ship owners. WinGD has now committed to making all its technical documentation available to ship builders and operators in this digital format.

The primary scope of Shipdex is to allow manufacturers and users to create a technical documentation repository where all related data is collected and managed with defined quality, configuration and version control processes.

In addition, the protocol allows the digital data to be automatically imported into Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software at shipyards and on board vessels, rather than requiring manual input of the data from paper documents.

“With important data, such as our Operation Manuals, Maintenance Manuals and Spare Parts Catalogue converted into Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETP), we can compile, structure and deliver the data to shipbuilders and engine end-users much more rapidly and effectively,” said Rudolf Holtbecker, director operations at WinGD.

“Our recently launched X52 diesel engine is our first new engine project in which we employed Shipdex standards for all technical documentation. We will now continue to apply the philosophy to all new engines and convert existing documentation for our complete engine portfolio with an overall target of having the complete portfolio accessible by mid-2020.”

“Shipdex allows us to realise digitisation as an industry trend and ensures that all possibilities are considered and all synergies realised. The fact that almost all modern ship management programmes are compatible with Shipdex means that this format will have a very positive impact.”{/mprestriction}

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