DMS typically structures our work into four phases of design. Each phase requires more effort (and budget) but produces greater detail and extracts greater performance from the design. This converts into flexibility for you. You decide how far to take the design. Only pay for the effort you need.
The mission study is where we achieve the greatest business benefit. Many people believe that the key to business success is to produce the highest quality ship. But the real success derives the correct operating conditions for the ship to prosper in your business model. In the marathon to develop a ship design, the starting point is crucially important.
During the mission study, DMS interrogates your business goals and adjusts them based on limits of current technology and physics. We then investigate variations to produce a set of concrete engineering objectives that achieve your goals. End result: more efficient engineering due to clear objectives, and a profitable ship because we started from a point of success.
The concept design is the rough design for a working solution to the mission requirements. Ship design requires an iterative process: start with an educated guess and then refine that guess. The concept design focuses on speed over accuracy. This allows multiple iterations and refinements. We focus on the major details and use simplified analysis.
The final output from a concept design is not ready for production. It still requires a contract design (Phase 3) to ensure accurate engineering. But the concept design greatly reduces project risks. It ensures a feasible solution exists before we invest extensive engineering to prove that solution.
The contract design produces the final product in full description. We have checked all major details and eliminated all major risks. But the contract design does not provide step by step instructions for how to build the design. It only shows the finished product.
A shipyard can take a contract design and use their own in-house design team to create the final construction design (phase 4).
The construction design provides detailed step by step instructions for how to build the design. DMS can supply construction drawings directly to fabricators with no additional engineering or design required.
After construction design, there is nothing left to do but physically build the ship or perform the modifications.