Naval Construction Repair & Refit 2010

Venue: Le Méridien Piccadilly

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Dec 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Dec 10, 2010
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This conference examines the latest methodologies, innovations, techniques and technologies being used in the design and construction of new naval vessels and the repair and refit of existing ones. The market is currently spread between the procurement (design & construction) of new warships (the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier and Type 45 destroyer in the UK for example) and the refit and repair of existing, ageing fleets (some vessels date back to the 1970s). As militaries currently have high defence commitments globally (Afghanistan being the most notable) they need to maintain their naval fleet readiness and effectiveness accordingly. However, with the Strategic Defence Review looming in the UK, and tightening defence budgets in other countries, the market is anticipating the effects of this and bracing themselves for the shape of naval spending to come and how to provide and support for, an ‘affordable future fleet.’

Returning for the fourth time in 6 years, Naval Construction Repair & Refit is a great opportunity for serving naval officers, architects, engineers and industry leaders internationally, to discuss the latest methodologies, innovations, technologies and techniques in fleet management and readiness. Given the dual pressures of current operational commitments and declining defence budgets, navies’ globally are under increased pressure to deliver the same or better capabilities with less resources. Therefore, ensuring cost and time savings through more efficient methods and technologies has taken on a renewed importance. This conference will thus give stakeholders the information they need to deliver to these increasingly difficult requirements through project case studies, insights in the latest technologies available and sharing best practices.

Key topics to be covered in this year’s conference include:

• Enhanced affordability throughout naval vessel deign, construction, repair and refit
• More effective / early use of CAD and other graphics tools in vessel design
• Fleet sustainability and better management of through-life costs
• Latest construction techniques including modularity to reduce build time / costs
• Environmental regulations, meeting these and the implications with down-stream / through-life costs
• The use of more efficient technologies including electric propulsion, dual fuels and composite materials in repairs
• Better project management between the Navy and industry in ship support – Class Management