Arctic and Off-Shore Patrol Ships (AOPS) Project
The AOPS project will see 6 vessels being built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Fleetway was selected by ISI to provide the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and the Personnel Training requirements of this Major Crown Project.
During the Project Definition phase which ends in 2015, Fleetway is responsible for conducting the ILS analysis, and the Crewing and Training Needs analysis in support of the AOPS design work leading to Final Design.
For the Project Implementation phase, with construction scheduled to start in the Fall of 2015, Fleetway will be developing and delivering the entire ILS program for AOPS, including Availability, Reliability, and Maintainability (AR&M) Analysis, Logistics Support Analysis (LSA), Technical and Maintenance Documentation, Provisioning Plans, and the Logistics Support Analysis Record (LSAR); all of which will support the AOPS Class in-service. Also, Fleetway will be implementing the Training Program, consisting of courseware design and production, and the delivery of AOPS training to the RCN.
HALIFAX/IROQUOIS Class In-Service Support
Fleetway is the Class Design Agency and Technical Data Agency for the HALIFAX Class frigates and IROQUOIS Class destroyers. As the Design Agent, Fleetway provides the full range of engineering and technical support services, including the development of engineering changes, the tracking and management of all design margins, and the conduct of technical and option analysis studies. For engineering changes, Fleetway typically prepares two specifications: a strip-out specification and an installation specification, each containing the sequence or work, the bill of materials and any cautionary notes. These specifications are then used to contract the work to shipyards or contractors.
As the Data Agent, Fleetway manages the configuration and updates the technical information (publications, drawings, and specifications) for both classes of ships. These Technical Data Packages (TDP) are managed, stored and updated in their electronic format and are available to the Navy directly or upon request. The TDP includes approximately 4,000 ship/system drawings, 80,000 equipment drawings and 4,000 specifications, and 5,000 technical publications containing over one million pages of bilingual text and illustrations.
HALIFAX Class Modernization (HCM/FELEX) Project
Fleetway is responsible to the Department of National Defence for all of the design integration and design change specifications for the Mid-Life Modernization and Refits of the twelve HALIFAX Class frigates. This multi-billion dollar project will include the introduction of new equipment and systems into the class such that they can operate for an additional twenty years with technically current and supportable equipment and systems. This is a complex engineering project involving all of Fleetway’s engineering disciplines including Naval Architecture, Marine, Electrical, and Electronic Engineering and requiring a high level of systems integration and project management expertise. Design work included accommodations for the command staff, layout of the MCR and installation design of the machinery control/damage control systems, machinery foundation design, and numerous other hulls, marine and electrical design changes.
Combat Systems Integration (CSI) Project
As part of the HCM/FELEX Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is under contract to the Navy to update and replace the Combat Control System, Radars and other equipment onboard the HALIFAX Class frigates as part of the mid-life upgrade and refit. Fleetway has been contracted by Lockheed to undertake all of the installation designs, engineering impact assessments and compartment re-configuration in support of this complex multi-billion dollar project. Significant aspects of this project included the design and fabrication specification for the upper main mast, the strip-out, enlargement and re-design of the entire Operations Room and the installation specification of the Command and Control System and electronic state-boards. Fleetway also developed the foundation specifications for all of the new radars, the communications systems antennae and the satellite base communications and navigation systems. Fleetway and Lockheed teams work jointly to meet the demanding technical challenges of this project.
Maritime Helicopter Ship (MHP) Modification Project
Fleetway is supporting General Dynamics Canada by providing all of the engineering required to modify the HALIFAX Class frigates to accept the new Sikorsky Cyclone helicopter. The work involves the re-configuration of compartments, the installation design of new equipment and the responsibility of managing the implementation of these configuration changes on the first frigate to be converted. To enable the new and larger helicopter to be housed in the existing hangar, Fleetway conducted 3D model assessments in order to optimize the revised hangar layout while ensuring 1 meter maintenance envelop around the helicopter. Significant changes included the structural design and installation of a mezzanine deck in the forward part of the hangar, the relocation of trunking and piping, a new hangar overhead crane, and the location and installation of special aircraft grade storage containers. As the Navy finalizes MHP implementation and conversion schedule for the ships, Fleetway prepared the customized design changes for each ship.
Cable Management Plan and Execution
The Frigate Modernization and Mid-life Refit project is a very complex and technically demanding project that involves the removal, re-design, re-layout of many equipment/systems and the eventual verification that all that is installed operates flawlessly. Each change invariably involves changes to the electrical power and cables. Fleetway, as the ship system design integrator was responsible for managing the electrical cable changes resulting from the HCM/FELEX refits. Cable types included power, control and communications (classified and non-classified), each requiring different technical approaches. The objective was to provide the shipyard with a plan that would identify which cables were to be removed, which stayed in place and the positioning of the new or replacement cables. For new cables, Fleetway had to identify the cable type, length, connector type, and specify the cable route (by cable tray) and the bulkhead penetrations sequences. As the shipyard would pre-cut the cables before pulling them into position, the accuracy of the Fleetway cable plan was proven with each installed cable. Each frigate, while similar, is not identical and therefore unique Cable Management Plans were required for each ship and due three months before the start of each refit.
3D Virtual Reality Immersion and Design
Fleetway has created 3D design models for many of the key compartments and structures that were the subject of change during the HCM/FELEX project. Previously, designers and customers viewed these models on standard desktop screens in an effort to visualize the particulars. Fleetway, using its Virtalis 3D VR immersion software can now allow designers and customers to be a part of the 3D model. The VR model is generated from the engineering design and therefore accuracy is exact. While embedded in the model, designers are tracked and therefore by bending down physically, the designer can look beneath a component or by moving side-ways, see the left or right hand perspective.
The 3D VR models have been used for design verification, layout acceptability, maintenance envelop visualization, and ’walk-through’ appreciation. The 3D VR can also be used for training as they are an exact replication of the design.
Case Study: During the Design and Build of the Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarine, the Virtalis 3D VR was employed to enhance the visualization and verification of this complex and technically complicated project. Thus, the module design and assembly details were more easily understood using VR. It also produced a significant improvement in data optimization and design change configuration management. Each engineer saved approximately 15 minutes of time per day and the VR install was paid back in one month just through the time saved walking from the shop floor to the design office.
This approach was so successful, that five (5) linked systems will be used for the design development of the RN’s Type 26, Global Combat Ship.
Future Navy Platform Design Contract
Fleetway, with an industry partner is providing engineering, logistics and management support (ELMS) services to the Navy for its future naval programs. This multi-year contract is being used by the Navy to undertake studies, provide option analysis, develop specifications, and create conceptual designs for all nature of future Naval Projects. This unique and broadly based type of technical contract has allowed the Navy to quickly task either of the two contractors with specific work that requires specialist capabilities. Each issued task goes through an estimating, schedule development and scope of work assessment before being formally assigned for undertaking. It has proven to be a useful tool by many Navy Project Managers when they require 3rd party technical assistance. Examples of the type of projects include: the conceptual design for a future naval corvette, the re-development of numerous technical specifications for warship design, and the impact of international maritime regulations on future naval designs.
Life Cycle Material Management (LCMM) Support
Fleetway provides life cycle material management support services to the Navy in specialty disciplines. Fleetway technical specialists work in DND offices or alternately at the Fleetway offices to provide day to day technical support regarding spares holdings, support documentation, repair requirements, operational availability, maintenance data and trouble shooting. These embedded technical support staff work directly for the Navy’s Technical Authority, providing technical expertise and capability. The LCMM work includes technical documentation development and verification, spares assessments, inputs to the material management system (DRMIS) and technical support services.
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