Naval Architect practical application

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  1. jehardiman
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    Oh that's a cool resource.
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    The current main (U.S.) HF reference is ASTM F1166. This largely follows a MIL-HDBK on the subject (a lot of the illustrations are the same). The advantage of the latter is that it is available free at There are other guides for specifics in IMO, MCA, ABS, the CG NVICs and etc., but experience, understanding the mission, talking to the crew, etc. are also key. In addition, Donald Norman's "Design of Everyday Things" is a classic on the subject of HF design thinking in general, and many designers I know have a copy (it's not expensive).

    The communications issue is also just as true in boat/ship building. In order to be a production guru you just basically use common sense, but in Japanese. In this case, “Genchi Genbutsu”, meaning "real thing, real place", but this just basically
    means “look and see”, which certainly applies to layout of a working vessel. One design project I worked on started with a trip out on a waterway to watch a crew work buoys. Another project began with another colleague (lucky guy) being sent to the Coast Guard Motor Life Boat School for a week of the training for a "surfman" rating.

    Finally, in commercial/military engineering, an engineer just out of college is still an "engineer in training" and has to get several years of practical experience and their experience, etc. have to be signed off by other experienced people the have worked with before they can take the Professional Engineers exam for the P.E. license.
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