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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2016 R2

ShipConstructor 2016 R2: Overview


It’s been called “Getting in the Groove”, “Finding Flow”, or “Getting Wired In”. What these terms describe is a state of total focus on the task at hand with nothing to disrupt or distract you from accomplishing your goal. This state of optimum productivity is promoted by the new features found in the latest release of SSI’s shipbuilding CAD/CAM software, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 along with SSI’s information sharing tool, EnterprisePlatform.

Smoother Systems Routing via Continuation Grip Points

  

ShipConstructor 2016 R2 now lets you stay focused on systems modelling by the creation of a feature called “Continuation Grip Points.” Simply click the grip point at an open end of a pipe or HVAC part and you can immediately continue routing a bent part off the currently selected element.

There is no need to continually run a command and then interact with a menu to define attributes each time a new part is added because with Continuation Grip Points, the routed part automatically acquires the proper size, stock definition and system-branch assignment.

This feature helps you stay focused on the main task at hand, eliminates repetitive work, increases efficiency and reduces the likelihood of errors. Attributes simply need to be set once and from then on, you can focus on routing the system

Clarity: Linking UDA Editing with Parts in Drawings & Product Hierarchies

  

Available in Subscription Advantage Pack

Now you can visualize (and therefore instantly understand) what user defined attributes (UDAs) are associated with specific parts in drawings because now the UDA Editor dialog is connected to drawings. At the same time, you can see where the parts fit within the currently selected Product Hierarchy because Product Hierarchies are also linked to drawings. Combining these three  (Drawing, Product Hierarchy, and UDA Editor) on the same screen, leads to greater clarity and opens up possibilities that have not existed before.

For example, one use case is that it is now possible to find and select a subset of parts in a drawing based on UDA values assigned to those parts. Simultaneously, these parts would be highlighted in the Product Hierarchy tree which gives you the ability to perform operations on them in the Hierarchy Tree.

Enhanced Benefit
A key benefit is that there is no need to reload multiple model drawings and access parts individually. This is because the UDA editor supports group operations which means you can conveniently modify multiple records at once, thereby saving you time.  Once the "SAVE" button is hit, all changes are saved directly into the project database and are applied to all affected part objects. 

Set it once: Weld Standards Added to Naming Conventions


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Available in Subscription Advantage Pack


SSI continues to enhance its WeldManagement product. In several markets weld standards are required as part of each weld name to aid with identification and management. Therefore, with ShipConstructor 2016 R2, weld standards can now be set up as part of weld naming conventions. A key point to note is that this feature just needs to be selected once and from then on, the weld standard is automatically added to a weld name. There is no need for modelers to repeatedly and manually identify weld standards.

Streamlined Data Transfer from 3D Model to Pre-Formatted Excel Documents

  

Since its launch last year, ShipConstructor users have increasingly been using SSI’s EnterprisePlatform PublisherLT product to find, package and collect ShipConstructor model data for usage in third-party applications.

Now, this product is even more powerful. PublisherLT can now export data from the 3D model and write it into pre-formatted Microsoft Excel documents. This saves so much time because charts, tables, pivot tables, fonts, formulas etc. do not have to be recreated each time. If you need Engineering information from the ShipConstructor model for usage in a report or for analysis, you can now easily (and repeatedly) find and quickly utilize the information you need.

ShipConstructor 2016 R2 lets you focus on the task at hand, reduces repetitive manual rework (thereby increasing quality), and enables you to just get your job done.

Enhanced Risk Management: Configure Multiple License Servers
ShipConstructor 2016 R2 now provides licencing that gives you the ability to configure multiple license servers (e.g., fail over server to improve risk management).

System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (Windows 10 currently not supported for this version)

Supported Server Operating Systems

Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, or 2012 (64-bit)

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, or 2014

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition SP3

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD P&ID:

2013 SP1.1, 2014 SP1, 2015 SP2, 2016

SSI recommends installing the ShipConstructor 2016 client with AutoCAD 2014 SP1

Supported Autodesk Suites

Factory Design Suite 2016

AutoCAD Design Suite 2016

Plant Design Suite 2016

 

ShipConstructor 2016 R2 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.

Release Information - ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1

ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 - Overview


With the release of ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1, SSI provides new advancements for the offshore rig construction market, particularly with regards to weld management. It also contains new features that measurably enhance performance and efficiency.

ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 is especially geared towards early adopters of ShipConstructor’s latest productivity-enhancing capabilities; the predominant portion of new features are focused on ShipConstructor Subscription Advantage Pack clients

Retrieve Models 10 times faster (Advantage Pack)

  

Speed comparison

ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 now offers what early testers have called the “blazingly fast” ability to MLINK Navisworks NWC files utilizing AutoCAD's new feature to attach Coordination Models. The ability to easily bring entire units into ShipConstructor lets users quickly get a visual reference to aid equipment and structural placement. No Navisworks licenses are required; AutoCAD can generate NWC files itself with the free Autodesk Navisworks NWC export utility and Navisworks does not need to be running to utilize Coordination Models. This efficiency promoting feature is available to users of AutoCAD 2016. It is so fast, that compared to traditional MLINKING, it is over ten times faster to load a unit! A related benefit is that once a unit is loaded, display performance has been dramatically increased as well.

Visualize an entire ship model within ShipConstructor

  

ShipConstructor 2016 Coordination Model

The amount of information that can be loaded via Coordination Models is enormous compared to traditional MLinks; now you can visualize an entire ship model within ShipConstructor. Another notable feature is that Coordination Models are not just for visualization; you can interact with Coordination Models as reference geometry as well.

Weld Enhancements (Advantage Pack)


Weld Manager Palette improvements

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The streamlined palette interface for Weld Manager continues to grow in popularity because of its increased clarity for displaying relevant information and also due to its improved performance over the older Weld Manager Interface. Therefore, SSI has added new capabilities; it is now possible to copy welds added to the Weld Manager palette.

Modifying portions of a weld in Weld Manager Palette

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ShipConstructor’s WeldManagement product lets users efficiently chose which parts are to be welded and generates the appropriate welds while applying company standards. However, in the offshore world (and also in shipbuilding), there are frequently situations where a weld needs to be split in two so that different weld standards can be applied. In other cases, a portion of the contact path needs to be deleted. An example of this would be when I-beams intersect another I-beam. To handle this scenario within SSI’s modernized Weld Manager Palette interface, ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 now allows the ability to modify or delete portions of a weld.

Welding two sides of the same part

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A feature commonly requested for rig construction applications (though also of benefit to the general shipbuilding community) is the ability to efficiently model the welding of two sides of the same part. A common application of this would be for plates rolled into cylinders or the creation of structural pipes.

UDA Strings for Weld Objects

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Using the WELD UDA Manager, String User Defined Attributes can now be added to weld entities in the Weld Manager Palette and later edited. These UDAs will appear in reports, BOMs and text output. This feature is particularly useful in the rig construction market where tracking and managing welds is critical.

New Structure Part – Customizable Plate Part


ShipConstructor users have told SSI that they want more structure part types to deal with scenarios such as:

  •     Folded-plate tanks

  •     Multi-flange items

  •     Crank girders

To accommodate this desire, ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 adds more options for modelers by allowing a new structure part. This new part is a generic "custom plate part". It will have all the UDA values set for a plate part and support markings and text and also allow bevels and weld shrinkage. It will be easily editable and allow for numerous custom scenarios, thus extending ShipConstructor's flexibility.

Bevel Standards for Corrugated Plate Parts


Increasingly, shipyards wish to apply bevel standards to corrugated plate parts. ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 now allows these to be modeled so that the bevels can be efficiently cut by machines, rather than manually which is more costly. Adding bevels in modeling allows this process to be managed properly and enhances communication via visuals. Production becomes more efficient and quality is increased with this new feature in ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1.

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Pipe Modeling Tool Palette


In the Subscription Advantage Pack, ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 offers a technical preview of an exciting new interface for pipe modeling. SSI introduces the Pipe Modeling Tool palate which introduces a new, more efficient modeling workflow. Now users can set the current system, branch and nominal size from dropdowns and then see all compatible stocks. You simply click on the stock you want to use and then start modeling. This workflow is more efficient because it reduces the number of navigation options needed to model individual pipe parts. The palette consists of a toolbar, current pipe settings and a pipe stock list.

 

Specifications

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64 bit)

  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)


Supported AutoCAD Platforms

  • AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD P&ID:

    2013 SP1.1, 2014 SP1, 2015 SP2, 2016

  • (SSI recommends installing the ShipConstructor 2016 client with AutoCAD 2014 SP1)

Supported Autodesk Suites

  • Factory Design Suite 2016

  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2016

  • Plant Design Suite 2016

Supported SQL Versions

  • MS SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, or 2014

  • (Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition SP3)

ShipConstructor 2016 R1.1 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.

Release Information - ShipConstructor 2016

ShipConstructor 2016 - Overview

 
SSI’s newly released version of its Autodesk based ShipConstructor CAD/CAM software (ShipConstructor 2016) provides 27 new features and 104 enhancements including important new functionality to easily and intuitively re-use information to save time. See highlights below.

Intelligent Copy / Paste Capability

 

 ShipConstructor users know that a key differentiator of the software is that ShipConstructor parts contain more than just dumb geometry. They contain a wealth of intelligence involving shipbuilding-specific data and attribute information along with associative relationships to the other parts in a ship’s product data model.

Often you need to copy parts or selections of parts from one portion of a project to another. Just copying shapes isn't good enough. To avoid spending a lot of time laboriously redoing a bunch of work, with ShipConstructor 2016, now you can copy/clip and then paste all the associated intelligence as well. And you can do this efficiently with just a few clicks or keystrokes, using intuitive methods standard in other software, e.g. Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V.

To increase accuracy of placement, you can also copy and paste with insertion points which further enhances efficiency.

ShipConstructor 2016 now gives the ability to copy identical selections of parts into new locations such as within the same drawing or to other valid drawing types from the same project. This frequently requested feature is now available and saves time and effort while also reducing errors and increasing quality.

Copy and Paste is now available for Outfitting Parts (HVAC, Equipment, Pipe, Pipe Hangers) along with Space Allocations.

Note that the copy and paste feature is particularly useful when combined with the new multiple document interface capability also released in ShipConstructor 2016 (see below). You can easily copy and paste what you are doing between two different visible screens, thus adding to the intuitiveness and efficiency of SSI’s software.

 

Intelligent BOM Copy

 

SSI listens to feedback from its customers. SSI’s Client Council noted that the process of generating production drawings and BOMs (Bills of Materials) can be time consuming. To save time and effort in formatting, ShipConstructor now offers a simple yet powerful means to quickly and easily copy and paste existing BOMs to various drawing types and layouts. This includes the BOM’s filters, formatting and setup while retaining all its relationships with the database.

BOM types supported are: General, spool, cutlist, bending info, corner point, global point, support construction and weld.

The drawing types supported include: Assembly, Arrangement, Output, Spool, MarineDrafting, Support Construction, and production template drawings.

This increased flexibility would be useful, for example, when you want to add a new layout to an existing pipe arrangement drawing. It’s all about saving time by re-using the work you have already done.

More Flexibility: New Part Type: HVAC Flange

 

 

SSI strives to incorporate features that match real-world workflows. Our clients have told us that in many cases flanges are fabricated as separate parts and attached to straight ducts in the same manner as pipes. Flanges are made separate from the duct and they are sometimes installed at separate times.

Clients will also appreciate the fact that now HVAC flanges can be included in Bills of Materials and labeled, giving added information to streamline production planning.

Multiple Document Interface

 

 

MDI was a feature that was so well received when it was launched in the Subscription Advantage Pack that SSI now has included it within the core ShipConstructor product.

Enabling Multiple Document Interface means that more than one drawing may be open at one time. They are easily accessible in different tabs and thumbnail versions of each drawing’s model view and layout view appear when you hover over a tab.

Tabs are really useful when you want to compare drawings. For example, to help you with modeling, you might want to look at drawings from different disciplines, e.g. Structure and Piping. Or, you might wish to reference closely related parts within the same discipline. You can quickly identify the drawing you want by looking at the thumbnail and then make the full drawing visible with a single click. This feature significantly increases efficiency.

Pro tip: Save often. An advantage of ShipConstructor is that all the drawings are associated back to the underlying product data model. Therefore, you’ll want to save your work in one drawing so that the changes are reflected in the other.

Also, SSI realizes that there are times that you may have hardware or software limitations or are possibly dealing with very large ShipConstructor drawings. Therefore, to enhance performance, ShipConstructor provides a way to, in effect, turn off the MDI option and make it SDI (Single Document Interface). (Technically, this is a hybrid MDI option that restricts the number of ShipConstructor drawings open to one.)

Bevel Standards for Curved Plate Parts

 

 

This new feature in ShipConstructor is in high demand industrywide. It allows users to specify a bevel code for the edges of curved plates. This is important because effective management of bevel information is needed to improve communications with production. Therefore, adding bevel standards for curved plate parts allows this process to be managed properly and enhances communication via visuals. Production (welding) is faster, more efficient, and results in higher quality.

 

License Roaming for Network Licenses

 

Freedom. That’s what the new license roaming option give you. ShipConstructor 2016 now gives you the ability to run ShipConstructor when not connected to the license server. Say you want to work on ShipConstructor on a laptop at home, or at a different office, potentially a client’s or a subcontractor’s. Perhaps you want to have people keep working while doing some work on the license server. You can simply check out licenses and check them back in when you connect back to the network license server. The new license roaming functionality gives all the freedom of the old USB hardware locks with the added security of a software based licensing system.

Licensing Documentation

 

SSI has worked hard at producing more comprehensive licensing documentation. The new Licensing Manual in ShipConstructor 2016 give detailed information regarding installing and updating licenses, license administration, as well as explanations regarding how to use SSI software licensing with ShipConstructor 2014 and earlier versions.

Keeping Up-to-Date with Current Editions

 

ShipConstructor is designed to allow you to benefit from modern software capabilities.

New for ShipConstructor 2016 is support for SQL Server 2014. It also features the following Software updates:

• AutoCAD 2016

• Navisworks 2016

• NEW SQL Server 2014

• Windows 7 (recommended)

• Windows 8.1 (supported)

Note that Windows 7 remains the work-horse for the vast majority of our clients and remains the most heavily tested and best supported OS though ShipConstructor 2016 also supports Windows 8.1

System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64 bit)

  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)


Supported AutoCAD Platforms

  • AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD P&ID:

    2013 SP1.1, 2014 SP1, 2015 SP2, 2016

  • (SSI recommends installing the ShipConstructor 2016 client with AutoCAD 2014 SP1)

Supported Autodesk Suites

  • Factory Design Suite 2016

  • AutoCAD Design Suite 2016

  • Plant Design Suite 2016

Supported SQL Versions

  • MS SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, or 2014

  • (Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition SP3)

ShipConstructor 2016 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.

Release Information - ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1

ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 - Overview


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ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 is a response to emerging ship design, engineering and building trends identified by a “Client Council” of industry leaders.

The expert advisors on this software launch were representatives from US and Canadian companies: Genoa Design, Glosten & Associates, Gunderson Marine, and Trinity Marine Products. The client council identified the following features which were incorporated into this release.

“Regular Expression” Report Filtering: configure once, filter on anything


This Client Council members told SSI they wanted complex filtering within the ShipConstructor Report Product that they only had to set up once but which then could be repeatedly run.

The Solution: SSI created an enormously powerful tool within Report that lets you filter on any complex criteria using  “Regular Expressions” (RegEx). Cheat sheets on writing RegEx qualifiers are prevalent on the internet but SSI can help users create exactly the filters you need. Also see the ShipConstructor Knowledge Base for additional RegEx report filtering examples.

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Report before filtering

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Define RegEx filters
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Report after applying the filters

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Table. Some simple examples of typical filters

Stiffener Cutouts through Profile Flanges: make more room in tight spaces

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Stiffener with Flange Cutouts

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Flange Cutout in way of pipe

The Client Council noted that space is often at a premium, especially on smaller vessels. Every inch counts so sometimes cutouts on profile flanges are required to make room for pipes and distributed systems. Now you can model these in ShipConstructor.

Adding Bevel Standards to Curved Plate Parts


ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 now lets you specify a bevel code for the edges of curved plates. This is important because frequently these plates must be beveled prior to welding. Adding bevels within ShipConstructor allows this process to be managed properly and enhances communication via visuals. Ultimately, this saves time and promotes quality as opposed to inefficient manual processes.

Efficient Renaming of Units


Change happens and ShipConstructor is committed to smoothly managing it. A much requested feature is an efficient, non-script-based method for renaming units. ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 now has an automated method for performing this task.

Rotating Faceplates: easily accommodate camber and other slopes

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Faceplate on longitudinal following deck camber angle


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Faceplate offset at an angle other than perpendicular

In response to a common modeling workflow, ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 now lets you orient a straight faceplate at angles other than perpendicular to the plate (i.e. 90 degrees). The need for this function arises in several situations such as when a deck has camber and the frames below include a faceplate that is an offset of that cambered deck line. Rotated faceplates are also relatively common in small craft. For instance, whenever you have stiffeners perpendicular to the hull, you will have issues with faceplates that will need to be adjusted to a given angle at the top connection. This new ShipConstructor feature will save users time and effort when rotating faceplates and is especially welcome since this capability is not found in other shipbuilding CAD/CAM programs.

Add Unit to Penetration Naming Conventions: find penetrations quickly


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Penetrations with Unit Name

Locating penetrations is now easier because ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 allows the Unit to be added to penetration naming conventions.

System Requirements


SSI recommends installing the ShipConstructor 2015 R2 client with AutoCAD 2014 SP1 and Windows 7 (64 bit)


Supported AutoCAD Platforms

  • AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2015 SP2

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64 bit)

  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)

Supported SQL Versions

  • 2008 SQL Server and Express

  • 2008 R2 SQL Server

  • 2012 SQL Server and Express

ShipConstructor 2015 R2.1 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.

Release Information - ShipConstructor 2015 R2

Overview


One of the biggest determinants of productivity in shipbuilding is clear, effective and efficient communication. In recognition of this fact, SSI's ShipConstructor 2015 R2 release is geared towards substantial improvements in how information is conveyed. This is evidenced by the enhancements SSI continues to make in regards to facilitating the modeling and management of welding. Welding can represent 20-30% of production hours and approximately 10% of total cost so improvements in this area have immediate bottom line implications.

ShipConstructor 2015 R2 further facilitates communication, quality, and efficiency by enabling the seamless adoption of advanced Japanese-style engineering and production techniques. This is accomplished via the introduction of catalog-based standards to dynamically manage property markings on parts.

The Subscription Advantage Pack for this release includes features with related benefits. A UDA editor allows User Defined Attributes to be managed on a global basis. A new Weld Manager Palette makes the most relevant welding information more easily apparent. Finally, the Subscription Advantage Pack for this release includes ShipConstructor Sheet Sets which speeds up the creation of production packages by adding ShipConstructor functionality to the Autodesk Sheet Set tool. This allows documentation to be easily grouped and managed as sets, a key part of generating production packages.

Improve your welding processes


ShipConstructor 2015 R2 now provides additional methods for detailing and annotating various types of drawings that clients use to illustrate and communicate welding information to the waterfront. These improvements require no additional setup by the user and can be leveraged by the information already contained within the ShipConstructor Marine Information Model (MIM).

The new release also provides identical annotation features in 3D assembly drawings and 2D workshop drawings generated using SSI's 3D to 2D DWG creation product, MarineDrafting. These features include manually or automatically annotating welds by either using their weld symbol or by an attribute of the weld such as weld name or weld standard. Communication is further enhanced due to the fact that all annotations / labels within ShipConstructor are associated with the model. That means that when there are changes to the weld properties, these annotations are updated to reflect the correct values. This significantly reduces the amount of effort  required for handling changes and also reduces human errors that would occur if the modifications had to be done manually.

The fact that these features support various documentation types allows any client to leverage the information within the WeldManagement product to create the documentation needed to facilitate improved management, communication and collaboration related to this critical production process.

Examples of the enhanced communication provided regarding Welding are shown below:

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Layout view

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Plot Preview shows information simplified for clarity

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MarineDrafting View

Dynamic Properties Definition and Catalog


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A key component for shipyards adopting advanced Japanese-style production techniques involves utilizing multi-line markings on parts to facilitate communication. With this process, production workers in the shipyard can quickly identify the appropriate routing, special processing and other instructions by viewing the markings on each piece. To make this possible, the appropriate processes and tools are required during engineering.

ShipConstructor 2015 R2 facilitates this via a new catalog-based system of property definitions that allows standards to be created and managed on a project or company level. The definitions can  include any static properties, dynamic properties, build sequence information, grouping information, product hierarchy properties, or user defined attributes. The property definitions can be changed at any time during any phase of the project and the changes will automatically be reflected  on all assigned parts. Another feature to note is that these property definitions allow reuse because they can be shared between projects.

The definitions defined in the catalog are user configurable. They can also be combined with Dynamic Marking Blocks to add additional geometric information which provides a structured method to add consistent information to a project without requiring each user to keep up to date on the project specifics.

The dynamic portion is key because with this new feature, users can conveniently mark part property values directly onto a part and have those markings update automatically if any property values are changed.

The main Engineering benefits of this feature are the fact that:
a) Labeling efficiency and quality is increased because users pick from pre-defined property definitions that have been defined in advance by  senior staff. There is no need for every staff member to remember the details of every definition for every part.
b) Labeling efficiency and quality are further increased because any changes to properties propagate to all affected parts in all model drawings. There is no need to identify and then manually modify each and every affected part in each drawing.

Subscription Advantage Pack


Weld Manager Palette


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In the Subscription Advantage Pack, a new improved Weld Manager has been reconfigured for faster access to relevant information related to the welding process. A notable change is that all necessary information is now displayed on one line for easier viewing. Even more importantly, the Weld Manager is now in a palette. This allows for much faster access to welding information while still saving screen real estate because the Weld Manager does not need to be closed and reopened, just minimized and maximized.

UDA Editor

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The UDA Editor allows changes in User Defined Attributes to be applied globally. A prime advantage of the UDA Editor is that all parts, whether equipment, structure, pipe or electrical, can be accessed via this tool and viewed in one window making UDA editing fast and easy.

The Part UDA Editor enables centralized modification of user-defined attributes for all parts in a ShipConstructor project. Users can create and assign part UDAs from within Manager as done previously, then open the UDA Editor from the Subscription Advantage Pack to update them. The Load Manager will assist in determining the parts to display. This can be performed in a multitude of ways: from individual part selection to grouping based on drawings, assemblies, units and more. Loading the parts into the UDA Editor will populate columns with all associated UDAs. The cells can then be filled in either individually or en-mass and will be saved to the ShipConstructor project at the press of a button. To simplify the process even further, the Part UDA Editor includes options for filtering and grouping based on any available column.

ShipConstructor Sheet Sets

Another feature added to the Subscription Advantage pack for ShipConstructor 2015 R2 is ShipConstructor Sheet Sets. The ShipConstructor Sheet Set features add ShipConstructor-oriented functionality to production packages within the scope of native AutoCAD Sheet Sets and the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager (SSM).

The use case is that many types of production drawings are delivered to the production department as a set of documents. Therefore, it is beneficial to offer a workflow for combining production drawings into sets, assigning sheet numbers, generating cover sheets, or providing a revision summary per each individual drawing in a sheet, etc.

Key Benefits:

1. Speed up and reduce the effort required to create production packages by leveraging AutoCAD’s Sheet Sets.

        - Manage sets of layouts.
        - Collect any number of layouts and DWGS into a Central (DST) file.
        - Organize sheets by project or sub-project.
2. Facilitate Sheet Set Assembly
       -  Create a new Sheet Set via information in a user-selected Product Hierarchy.
        - Specify order of the assembly drawing sheets.
        - Sort Sheet Sets by Product Hierarchy, alphabetically.
        - Renumber all Sheets.
        - Include a title page.
 3. Organize by Secondary Product Hierarchies (e.g. Spool)
        - Create a new Sheet Set via user-specified criteria (e.g., order).
4. Leverage Custom Properties in Production Output
        Add custom Sheet Set properties to dynamic text objects called fields:
          - Project Attributes
          - Company Name
          - Hull Number
          - Job Number
          - Project Description
          - Project Name
5. Provide an efficient and convenient means for keeping production packages up-to-date.

Illustrations of this feature are shown below:

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System Requirements


SSI recommends installing the ShipConstructor 2015 R2 client with AutoCAD 2014 SP1 and Windows 7 (64 bit)


Supported AutoCAD Platforms

  • AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013 SP1

  • AutoCAD 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014 SP1

  • AutoCAD 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Electrical 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD P&ID 2015 SP2

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2015 SP2

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64 bit)

  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (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.