From 3D printing to the use of robotics and drones. From AI and Big Data, to Virtual and Augmented Reality. From Generative Design to cloud based distributed computing. There are so many innovative technologies currently converging, improving and expanding that shipbuilders have incredible opportunities to positively transform their businesses, especially if they can take significant steps towards creating a digital twin. However, the industry must be realistic; there are multiple challenges that need to be addressed along the way. If shipbuilders want to be successful on this journey, they will have to find a way to navigate around various obstacles. This paper charts a course on how to do so.

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