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Project Title:

DYnamic Inter-Organisational CO-operative NETwork for the Maritime Industry

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Start Date: 2000-01-01 End Date: 2002-06-30

DYCONET will implement an inter-organisational dynamic network for maritime supply chains. Suppliers are mainly SMEs in the maritime industry. The high change frequency within maritime co-operations requires optimised dynamic networked organisations for further lead time and cost reductions. Existing and project defined co-operation models will be benchmarked. A Data Repository (DR) as a common platform for different applications systems (design / procurement / planning) and a Virtual Enterprise System Integrator (VESI) as a socket for virtual enterprise connectivity will be developed. Component catalogues, which allow the extraction of product data, will be developed and connected to VESI, which enables the integration of supplier's catalogue data into customer's application systems. All developed systems will be integrated into one showcase demonstration.


In particular the project objectives are:

  • definition of new models for co-operation in dynamic supply networked organisations;
  • benchmarking of supplier/yard connections;
  • implementation and utilisation of a Data Repository (DR) common platform for distributed design and procurement departments of yards and suppliers;
  • development of an Virtual Enterprise System Integrator (VESI) as a "socket" to enable SMEs the access to VE platforms;
  • development of electronic component catalogues for SM suppliers on web-sites to enable the integration of their product data (procurement and design information) via the dynamic network into the different application systems of the co-operating partners;
  • configuration of an experimental virtual network to define, implement and prove the support of design and procurement chains by VE technology showcases;
  • exchange of user experience gained from the implementation of showcases on DYCONET workshops
Description of Work:

DYCONET is structured into five workpackages (WPs) (plus one WP for project management) to achieve the above mentioned objectives. The basis for the project is the analysis of existing supplier/yard connections for inter-organisational business processes (co-operative design, planing, procurement etc.) within WP1. These inter-operations will be benchmarked and future dynamic co-operative network models will be defined. A detailed implementation plan for selected models will be completed WP1. Based on the implementation plan systems will be developed within WP2 and WP3 for dynamic networked organisations. Within WP2 a common data platform (Data Repository - DR) and a Virtual Enterprise System Integrator (VESI) as the communication "socket" for Virtual Enterprises (VE) will be developed. Different application systems (procurement, planning, design, etc.) will be connected to these VE components to test the functionality and the connectivity. Within WP3 electronic component catalogues will be developed, which data (design and procurement data) can be extracted, transmitted to the customer and automatically integrated into his application systems via the VESI. The design data will be integrated into the design system while the procurement data have to be integrated into the material handling system. This will be done by considering international standards like EDIFACT, XML, STEP, etc. Within WP2 and WP3 users will be trained and the systems will be improved based on their feedback The results of WP2 and WP3 will be part of the showcase within WP4. This demonstration scenario will be benchmarked and compared to the (as-is) benchmark results of WP1. Based on the implementation experiences in WP4 guidelines for dynamic networked organisations will be defined to enable the VE integration for SMEs with less expense. Intermediate and final project results will be presented to potential users within WP5 to get a widespread acceptance.


Balance Technology Consulting Gmbh

Contact Person:

AHLERS, Reinhard

Contact Information:

Address: Contrescarpe 33
Postcode: 28203
City: Bremen
Region: BREMEN Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Country: GERMANY
Tel: +49-421-3351744
Fax: +49-421-3351711
email: reinhard.ahlers@balance-bremen.de

Other Partners:
  • Logimatic
  • Tribon Solutions Ab
  • Harland and Wolff Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Limited
  • Young & Cunningham Limited
  • Stocznia Gdynia S.A.