The Rosenblatt Ship Design Division (RSDD) enhances The Columbia Group’s maritime capabilities and services as a premier provider of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering services on both the national and international stages.

RSDD provides The Columbia Group clients extensive and successful support in:

Functional Engineering

  • Ship Design Integration & Standards
  • Ship Alteration & Modernization
  • Engineering Management

Disciplines Engineering

  • Marine Electrical
  • Materials Engineering / Corrosion
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Naval Architecture/Marine Mechanical

Services attendant to these design and engineering disciplines include all milestone elements, from design through retirement, required for successful performance and mission goals of ships, systems, or equipment.  These include Feasibility Design, Concept Design, Contract Design, Detail Design, and Life-Cycle Design Support.

The “Legacy” RSDD has provided design and engineering services for virtually every type and class of U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship as well as quality program management and support services for shipyards, ship owners and operators, governments, and commercial clients. The Columbia Group is committed to building RSDD into the nation’s most respected ship design team, consonant with our goal to ensure that the highest levels of DoD and U.S. Navy quality standards for programs are achieved at every level of effort on our customer’s behalf.

Ideas & Insights

The Time is Now: Icebreaker Replacement Must Move Forward to Overcome Capability Shortfalls

In this article, Rick Wharton, Director of Operations for The Columbia Group’s Rosenblatt Ship Design Division explains why the time is growing short for icebreaker recapitalization.


Challenges for the Naval Ship Design Community

Part of The Columbia Group-ASNE Seminar Series given by VADM Paul Sullivan on July 17, 2012. The problems generated by the simultaneous execution of so many lead ships has exposed weakness in the way the U.S. designs and constructs warships. This presentation argues that the ship design community must incorporate lessons learned from these “growing pains,”  apply new disciplines, and utilize the current body of knowledge on the next family of ships.

Cover of Walter Tomczykowski's Design for Affordability BriefDesigning for Affordability
Part of the The Columbia Group-ASNE Seminar Series given by Walter Tomczykowski on July 20, 2011. It provides a comprehensive review of product reliability that combines the basics of the initial reliability assessment with the output of virtual qualification. In this situation, not only are areas of reliability improvement identified, but a comprehensive life curve is developed. Designing in reliability = design for affordability.

Lessons Learned from a Career in Ship Design
This presentation, part of The Columbia Group-ASNE Seminar Series, was given by Peter A. Gale on April 23, 2009. He spoke about a few of the most important lessons he has learned during his 49 years of experience designing and reviewing the designs of (primarily) naval ships. From the perspective of a person who has design experience in and out of NAVSEA, in a variety of circumstances and for a variety of ship types, he argued that highly successful U.S. naval ship designs are still achievable provided that certain lessons are taken to heart.

Case Study

Photo of an inwater boom with four ships.Mini Case Study: U.S. Navy Waste Disposal Costs

Recommendations from our Environmental Engineers save the U.S. Navy $2.1 million dollars in waste disposal costs at a foreign naval location.