Content By Sung-Ho Moon, Ph.D., and Philip Cunliffe

Sung-Ho Moon, Ph.D., and Philip Cunliffe’s default image

By: Sung-Ho Moon, Ph.D., and Philip Cunliffe

With the ever-growing demands of energy, the demands on high value-added vessels, such as container vessels, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and crude oil carriers, have skyrocketed in recent years. As of 2006, shipbuilding orders received by South Korean shipbuilders accounted for 42 percent of the global shipbuilding market (totaling 13.9 million compensated gross tons [CGT], according to Clarkson).1 Shipbuilders are not hesitating to bring new ideas, concepts, and instruments to their production lines. Since 2005, the growing demands for high-precision instruments (i.e., large-scale metrology) under nonideal working environments (i.e., outdoor and indoor, dusty, fumes and gases, large part sizes, etc.) have increased. Shipbuilders are looking for better solutions than conventional survey-type methods or instruments. Adapting new technologies may require some degree of integration work and research and development, but the total return will be much greater than originally anticipated.Also, customers are not only looking at the product price, but product quality and reliability.