Release Information - ShipConstructor 2015



The release of ShipConstructor 2015 CAD/CAM software is a key part of SSI’s new plan to increase flexibility, security, convenience and simplicity for its clients in the shipbuilding and offshore markets.

Catalog Additions and Changes

ShipConstructor 2015 contains a significant augmentation that will immediately be of benefit—the addition and enhancement of many new catalogs. These catalogs will help users quickly and accurately model components to correct specifications, increasing productivity and quality; both significant concerns of management and employees downstream in production. These catalog additions and changes include the following XML standard templates:

•    Added PipeCatalog-ASME-CarbonSteel.XML
•    Added ImperialWeldStandards.XML
•    Added MetricWeldStandards.XML

Of particular note are the details related to the addition of the catalog for ASME Carbon Steel Pipe. It covers the standardization of dimensions of welded and seamless wrought steel pipe for high and low temperatures and pressures. The catalog contains a wide range of schedule 40/80 carbon steel pipes, elbows, tees, caps, connectors, crosses and reducers from the ASME B 16.11, 16.5, 16.9 and 36.10 standards. It also includes a set of end treatments (flanges, butt welds, saddles, socket welds, sockolets and plain), including flanges and couplings from Class 150 and 300.

EnterprisePlatform Compatibility


An exciting new capability of ShipConstructor 2015 is its integration with SSI’s new EnterprisePlatform line of products. SSI EnterprisePlatform enables the enormous wealth of engineering information available in a product data model such as the ShipConstructor Marine Information Model (MIM), to be efficiently shared with, and easily accessed by, multiple individuals, software applications and production equipment utilized in the shipbuilding process. This includes people, programs and processes outside of the Engineering department. The SSI EnterprisePlatform generates information in the correct format and representation needed for varying use cases and brings a product-focused approach to enterprise-wide availability of engineering data that is cost-effective, scalable, configurable, consistent, and transparent. PublisherLT is the first in the SSI EnterprisePlatform line of products and it is being released at the same time as ShipConstructor 2015.

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Modernized Licensing Technology

SSI has modernized the licensing technology for ShipConstructor 2015. This means that it will utilize purely software-based licensing rather than hardware locks/licenses. The advantages of this newer technology are:

•    Faster turnaround time for replacement of corrupted files.
•    State of the art encryption and piracy protection
•    Capability for future support of some of the latest licensing capabilities:
      a.    Roaming licensing and the management of roaming licenses
      b.    Fallback/Failsafe/redundant servers
      c.    Check-In and Check-Out of licenses.

Dramatically Expanded Purchasing Options

SSI’s new ShipConstructor 2015 release offers a dramatic expansion of purchasing options. These options are designed in recognition of the fact that every ship designer and builder has unique needs and these needs change from project to project and from year to year. SSI’s new purchasing options provide the flexibility to help manage change and ensure you can make adjustments as and when needed to always maintain the most cost effective solution.
These new purchasing options include:

Suites: prepackaged groups of products typically used in association with each other. These “packages” are priced to be more cost effective than purchasing the products individually.

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Level Simplification: Previously, SSI offered 10 Levels of each product (level 1-9 and Unlimited). SSI has now compiled these 10 levels into 3 editions. This will provide a simpler system that can be more easily understood by clients. In many cases this will provide a larger number of parts to clients at a lower cost; you get more capability for less money. The new editions are as follows:

•    Standard Edition – comparable in price to the previous Level 2 with the part count of a Level 3.
•    Premium Edition – comparable in price to the previous Level 5 with the part count of a Level 7.
•    Ultimate Edition - comparable in price to the previous Unlimited Level.

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Pay as you go plans: SSI’s new rental options let you pay as you go for software access in either, monthly, quarterly, or annual increments. This provides you the flexibility to manage your cash flow and offers the lowest cost of entry to ShipConstructor software.

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Upgrades and Swaps:
SSI has now introduced a cost effective way for clients to upgrade or crossgrade (swap) their existing products, versions, or editions of products. SSI recognizes the investment that clients have already made in ShipConstructor software so upgrades and swaps allow clients to leverage that investment while acquiring different products.

 How to Transition to the New Software

SSI has provided a convenient guide to the above changes and also has detailed how to transition from existing licensing technology and the previous levelled modular licensing. As always, SSI dealers are available to help.

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System Requirements

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

  • AutoCAD 2014 SP1, AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 SP1, AutoCAD Electrical 2014 SP1, AutoCAD P&ID 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1, AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 SP1, AutoCAD Electrical 2013 SP1,
    AutoCAD P&ID 2013 SP1

Note that ShipConstructor 2015 is currently NOT compatible with AutoCAD 2015.

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64-bit) only

Note that Widows 8 and Windows 8.1 are not supported at this time.

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)

ShipConstructor 2015 Installation Guide

See Manuals page.

Download Information

See Updates page.

Release Information

See Release Information

Purchasing Information

To purchase the software or renew your Subscription contact your local dealer.