The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of Knowledge Aware Engineering (KAE), and explain how it can provide competitive advantage by ensuring all relevant "Design for ‘X’" disciplines are effectively infused into ship design and manufacturing processes. Knowledge Aware Engineering (KAE) provides "awareness" and delivery of relevant corporate technical memory to an engineer at the point of decision, enabling him to make quality decisions within a more efficient engineering process. With Knowledge Aware Engineering, digital representations of Product and Manufacturing Process are driven by, and infused with, the technical expertise, which continually evolves within engineering intensive firms. The Retained Know-How is accumulated, consolidated, managed as an asset and delivered into context, ready to be reused in closed-loop decision support. As a result, passive "reference searches, are avoided. Disparate repositories, tools and documents that manage knowledge are unified into a single, visible and engaging knowledge process.

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