When at the start of the decade the 'backroom boys' came up with proposals for revolutionising the industry's drawing offices by introducing computer-aided design, Jim was one of those who were quick to recognise the potential for improved efficiency and productivity that this represented. He was, I believe, instrumental in persuading the more conservative elements in the corporation that this was the way the industry should go.
BS thus became the first major shipbuilding corporation to introduce computer-aided design and, as with the enclosed factory, it was a case of others following where the UK led. This, of course, only enforces Bill's point in regard to Jim Venus's importance in the history of modern shipbuilding.
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