Table of Contents
International Journal of Manufacturing Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 129428, 8 pages
Research Article

3D Point Cloud Data Basis Shape Management for Assembly of Modularized Large and Complicated Marine Structures

1College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Jiangsu, Nanjing 210037, China
2Samin Information Co., Ltd., Busan 612-020, Republic of Korea
3Advanced Ship Research Division, Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering, Daejeon 305-343, Republic of Korea

Received 6 November 2014; Revised 16 January 2015; Accepted 1 February 2015

Academic Editor: Konstantinos Salonitis

Copyright © 2015 Deok-Hyun Yoon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


As global competition heats up, in order to improve the productivity, simulation-based methods are becoming increasingly dominant in shipyards. The advancement of the CAD-based production management process even allows verification of installability and functionality before beginning the actual construction. However, whether the ship has been exactly constructed as designed can still and only be manually verified for a limited area. Therefore, significant interblock and intermodule errors are inevitably present in assembly, resulting in costly, time-consuming inspections and modifications. If the construction errors and defects can be investigated and controlled in each shop before assembly of modules, the productivity will be considerably improved. In the installation simulation of large structures, early detection and correction of the errors in junction allow fast and efficient assembly and provide better quality product development even with distributed construction yards. This technique can promote interindustrial collaboration among companies of different sizes, resulting in a significant improvement in overall productivity. In this paper, 3D point cloud data basis shape management framework has been studied with several case studies in a shipyard.