New York SNAME Meeting Hears Paper On Shipboard Computers

A recent meeting of the New York Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers heard a paper titled "Selection Considerations for Shipboard Computer Hardware." The authors were Albert C. Song, vicepresident- micro/mini systems, and Donald F. Logan, vice presidentmarketing, both of Marine Management Systems, Inc.

The paper covered considerations in the selection of shipboard computer hardware for various management functions. Factors such as required computational and storage capacity, environment, service, communications, and software compatibility with other computers were discussed. The paper also included reference to industry case studies, and discussed the subject of classification approval procedures.

In summary the authors expressed the following conclusions: "A new era of shipboard computer application appears to be emerging in the maritime industry. The past five years may be looked on as one of testing applications as well as evaluating the acceptability of the new microcomputer for shipboard use. The majority of the major shipowners have accepted the fact that such systems are necessary for efficient management of their vessels; the question is how to go about implementing such systems. The first step is to gain an understanding of the necessary elements and the options open to covering them.

"In the long run, successful applications will depend on the shipowner making the necessary commitment of his own resources, not just the purchase of systems but in his own personnel. This starts with a commitment by management to identify what the actual requirements are, committing to a plan to meet them, and also committing the necessary internal staff to carry it out." For a copy of the paper and additional information on shipboard computer hardware and systems, Circle 10 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 22,  Feb 15, 1985

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