SYRIOS (Small Shiprepair Yard Related Integrated Operation Systems) is a three-year project, set up to help to generate an increase in the competitiveness and profitability of European SME shiprepair yards. The objective of the project is to strengthen a shiprepairers’ ability to project manage by improving business processes and developing an all-embracing software package. This involves the integration of the operating and planning systems in the yards, encompassing all business processes such as sales, marketing, estimating, technical, contract management, production planning, inventory and purchasing.
The research will extend the current state-of-the-art, through innovative techniques, and develop new solutions for practical application, leading to increased yard (predominantly SMEs) competitiveness thus securing the future of this sustained market. The SYRIOS consortium has been built to optimise industrial skills, experience and markets, backed by creative concepts and technologies from academia and IT specialists, and supported by specialist project management, dissemination and exploitation resources.
The IT framework that is proposed will encapsulate business knowledge, will be component i.e. business object based and not transaction based, and will not rely on expensive resources or know-how. Moreover, the system will be easily configured (assembly based configuration) by the enterprise, it will recognise the Network nature of the interconnections (internal and external to the enterprise), and will take into account the fact that the shop-floor personnel may not be computer literate. Earlier relevant study showed that the application of the results of a SYRIOS R&D project would lead to an increase in turnover of 15-20% within three years and a greater increase in profits in five years.