Introduction

A Knowledge Management System is a valuable tool for the Naval Architect or Marine Professional. It plays an important role in transforming the data to information and information to knowledge which is known as the transformation lifecycle. Knowledge Management is a key factor for creating value and competitive advantage. A common approach to knowledge structuring facilitates the sharing of knowledge and collaboration with others, based on knowledge sharing, which increases the value proposition of organizations like the SNAME.

The transformation of information into knowledge is a critical one, lying at the core of value creation and competitive advantage

– Stewart 2001

Positioning

Knowledge Management can be applied in many different ways related to the specific requirements of organizations, societies, companies and individuals.

National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has done extensive work in the area of Knowledge Aware Engineering to enable:

- Active Delivery Relevant Knowledge

- Cultivation of Technical Memory

- Enablement of Engineering Decision Support

- Integration into the Engineering Process

- Supports for standards, heuristics and best practices.

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