Recently, global shipbuilding companies have been increasing their productivity or expanding their shipyards to accommodate a large amount of orders. However, few studies have been carried out on shipyard layout designs. This research presents a simulation-based shipyard layout design framework to resolve the problems of the shipyard layout design. The shipyard layout design framework was developed on the basis of the systems engineering method. The disciplined systems engineering technique was guided by ISO/IEC 15288 during the planning phase of the shipyard layout design framework development. This framework suggests how to achieve an efficient and effective shipyard layout design that can satisfy the stakeholder of the layout design process. Furthermore, a method is recommended for how the proposed shipyard layout should be verified and validated using a computer simulation. It is expected that the framework will contribute not only to the improvement of the existing shipyard layout design but also to the construction of the new shipyard or ship-yard advancement.

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