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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2018 R2


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 MarineDrafting Enhancements




Automatically Generated Pipe and HVAC Centerlines


In ShipConstructor 2018 R2, we have introduced two new options when generating MarineDrafting geometry. You can now enable the display of pipe and HVAC centerlines in 2D output. Automatically inserted centerlines will save you a significant amount of time when placing dimensions and performing general detailing of production drawings.

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Simplified and Detailed Representations of 2D Geometry


Another useful feature added in this release is the ability to choose between simplified and detailed representations of parts in 2D views. Depending on the scale of production output that needs to be delivered, you have the option to show a high level of detail in your drawings as well as the option to minimize geometry by using simplified representations for some parts. Note that simplified representations currently apply to Structure parts only. If this option is enabled, all stiffeners and hidden plate parts that meet the required conditions will be generated as single lines opposed to showing them as complete 3D solids projected onto a 2D plane.

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Consistent Results when Generating Output


There are also significant enhancements to the MarineDrafting view generation algorithm. These enhancements range from addressing missing geometry for hidden plates to reworking the low-level code responsible for consistency of 2D output. The improved algorithm ensures a much higher quality 2D output and addresses an issue of the original geometry reappearing in the drawing on top of your manual work after updating the view.

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Lightweight Model Link


The Lightweight Model Link Manager allows you to quickly bring a stage into your current model drawing to see how your work references against everything else in the ship. This is done without the performance hit of the traditional Model Link which uses drawings.

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Label List Palette Enhancements




Based on the enthusiastic response it received, after additional development this feature has now been moved out of the Subscription Advantage Pack and into the core product. With just one look at the Label List palette you now can instantly tell which parts are missing labels and where those parts are located in a drawing. This helpful Production Palette has several convenient features such as the ability to select parts in model space, the ability to initiate manual labeling and the ability to change the visual presentation of data.

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Generate Names by Unit


A new enhancement to our Generate Names functionality for Naming Conventions allows you to simply pick one or multiple units in your project and update part names. The previous functionality to Generate Names for the entire project remains the same.

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System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 10

Supported Server Operating Systems

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

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2012, 2014 or 2016 are recommended

 

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express for projects of 5 or less users.
Note that MS SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD Mechanical 2018, AutoCAD Plant3D 2018

Navisworks

Navisworks 2018

Side-by-side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2018 can be installed side-by-side with any
previous major ShipConstructor version; each installed version
of ShipConstructor requires its own dedicated instance of AutoCAD.

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2018 R1.1

 

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Project and Part Revision Viewers




Efficiently review your revision history. What was the change? Who made it? When was it done? The new Parts Revisions Viewer and enhanced Project Revisions Viewer allow users to quickly find answers and navigate to affected model drawings and vice versa.

Pipe Auto-Routing Enhancements




In ShipConstructor 2018 R1.1, we have enhanced an automated functionality that assists you with routing bent pipes from any point in space to a free end of another pipe. The improved logic accounts for a variety of modeling situations while making pipe routing much faster.

Label List Palette (Subscription Advantage Pack)
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With just one look at the Label List palette you now can instantly tell which parts are missing labels and where those parts are located in a drawing. “You can’t imagine how many man-weeks it will save.”—SSI Software Super User, Arkadiy Zagorskiy, Marine Technologies Ltd.

Local Clash Detection (Subscription Advantage Pack)
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Expanded interference checking capabilities. The Local Clash Detection palette has been introduced providing users with the ability to identify and manage local clashes across a wide variety of part types including PartViews. The clashes identified can be saved and reviewed later.

System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 10

Supported Server Operating Systems

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

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2012, 2014 or 2016 are recommended

 

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express for projects of 5 or less users.
Note that MS SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD Mechanical 2018

Navisworks

Navisworks 2018

Side-by-side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2018 can be installed side-by-side with any
previous major ShipConstructor version; each installed version
of ShipConstructor requires its own dedicated instance of AutoCAD.

ShipConstructor 2018 R1.1 Installation Guide


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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2018


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EnterprisePlatform now integrated with ShipConstructor


ShipConstructor and EnterprisePlatorm are now conveniently included in a single SSI software installer. This means all departments, tools and processes within an organization can now leverage engineering information throughout an organization using this powerful new product line. Turn data into action.

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Up to 100x Faster Performance


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Thanks to recent optimizations of the ShipConstructor database, when working with a large model, opening a dialog interface to insert plate parts into a plate nest can be up to 100x faster.

Other performance-related improvements include:

•  Completing a WorkShare Design Insert operation in projects with a significant amount of UDAs now works up to 50% faster.
•  Model drawings with Distributed Systems penetrations take less time to load.
•  Generating new production drawings with weld information has better performance.

AutoCAD 2018 Compatibility


Get access to the latest features of the world’s leading CAD program, including: 

PDF Import of Geometry with Text 
Great news for when you need to work from legacy drawings. AutoCAD 2018 lets you import geometry, including SHX font files, fills, raster images and TrueType text into a drawing from a PDF. 

High-resolution monitor support 
Enjoy the best possible viewing experience ever, even on 4K and higher resolution displays.  

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System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Supported Server Operating Systems

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

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2012, 2014 or 2016 are recommended

 

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express for projects of 5 or less users.
Note that MS SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD 2018

AutoCAD Mechanical 2018

Navisworks

Navisworks 2018

Side-by-side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2018 can be installed side-by-side with any
previous major ShipConstructor version; each installed version
of ShipConstructor requires its own dedicated instance of AutoCAD.

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1


In September 2016, SSI asked clients to vote on proposed new features for the next release of its CAD/CAM software. With the launch of ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1, SSI has delivered what clients chose.

Voting was done via SSI’s sophisticated suggestion/voting system called the SSI Community Wishlist which is found on SSI’s portal for community engagement, SSI Nexus.

Structure Modeling Enhancements


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Ability to Split Stiffeners Into Multiple Parts

Splitting long stiffeners and stringers at user-specified points is now possible! With the new "Split Stiffener" command (Command Line: SCSPLITSTIFF, Ribbon: Structure > Stiffeners > Split Stiffener), you can easily break up a general design-oriented profile into multiple production-suitable parts. This feature is a handy modeling utility that can save a significant amount of time as your project transitions from the initial design stage towards the detailed 3D model.

Text Marking on Stiffeners and Faceplates
In the new release, text details can be added to stiffener webs and faceplates. Search for the new "Add Text" command (Command Line: SCEXTRADDTEXT, Ribbon: Structure > Stiffeners > Add Text). The biggest advantage of this improvement is that for flat parts, it is now possible to mark additional information on the part's surface with an NC-cutting machine. For example, an indication of a ship direction to which a given profile end needs to be pointing can be extremely helpful during the installation process. This feature will help you minimize the number of production-related mistakes.

More Part Attributes Visible in AutoCAD and Navisworks Properties
In this release, we have enabled the following attributes to appear in the AutoCAD Properties palette and Navisworks Properties:

  • Mark Side for plate parts
  • Start Green Length, End Green Length for stiffeners


You can now access these details much faster by simply selecting the part in the drawing. You can also search for parts inside the AutoCAD and Navisworks environment based on values of these properties. For example, a Navisworks search can be used to review structural plates for correctness and consistency across their Mark Side properties.

Distributed Systems Modeling Enhancements

 

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Ability to Add Vertices to Existing Bent Pipes

You can now add new vertices to existing pipes with the "Add Pipe Bend" command (Command Line: SCPIPEADDBEND, Ribbon: Pipe > Pipe Modeling Utilities > Add Pipe Bend). This is an extremely helpful functionality that allows you to increase the number of bends an existing pipe can have without remodeling the original part from scratch. Usually, a pipe may need additional bending points to move a section of it to the side to avoid an obstacle in its way. Note that new vertices can be added to any type of pipe whether it is straight or bent.

Visible Description Field When Inserting Equipment

In this release, we have made the "Description" column visible when inserting a new piece of equipment into a model drawing. Being able to see additional information, and search by description, will help you to quickly locate the right stock. This feature adds convenience and saves time.

Automated Insertion of Spool Breaks at User-Specified Connections

In ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1, by default you are now given the ability to specify which Pipe and HVAC connections are created with spool breaks in them. This is a convenient option that can save you time while modeling. As one example, flange-to-flange connections are known to usually occur at spool ends. You can now model more efficiently by setting up your Pipe and HVAC catalogs so that spool breaks are added automatically whenever two flanges are connected.

Automated Bent Pipe Routing Between Two Points in Space

Our latest automated bent-pipe routing functionality will provide you with increased modeling convenience and efficiency. The new feature helps you to quickly place a bent pipe between any point in space and a free end of another pipe. The underlying algorithm develops the most optimal route that minimizes the length of the pipe while taking into consideration its bending constraints.

New Tool for Identifying Invalid Connections
In this latest release, we are introducing a new idea of an "invalid connection" that might occur in Pipe and HVAC model drawings. Typically, such connections happen as a result of accidentally moving one of the connected parts to the side, replacing the stock or exceeding the angular tolerance for a connection. Note that with the new functionality available, we no longer delete invalid connections automatically, but preserve them until you make this decision. In the meantime, we help you to visually identify troublesome connections and learn specific details. Use the new "Show Drawing Issues" command to open a palette containing detailed information on each invalid connection (Command Line: SCADVSHOWDRAWINGISSUES, Ribbon: Subscription Advantage Pack > Outfitting > Show Drawing Issues).

New Labeling Features


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Ability to Identify Parts in Production Drawings That are missing Labels

Sometimes, it may be difficult to identify which parts are missing labels in a production drawing. In ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1, several new commands were added to help you with recognizing parts without labels. You can now search for missing labels within the entire drawing, on a current layout, or while looking at a particular BOM-viewport combination. The new commands are: "List Unlabeled Parts in Drawing" (Command Line: SCADVLABELLISTUNLABELED), "List Unlabeled Parts in Active Layout" (Command Line: SCADVLABELLISTUNLABELEDCURRENTLAYOUT) and "List Unlabeled Parts from BOMs" (Command Line: SCADVLABELLISTUNLABELEDFROMBOMS). On the ribbon, all of the commands are located as follows: Subscription Advantage Pack > Unlabeled Parts.

Improvements to Stock Catalogs


Ability to Import and Export Bevel Standards Using XML Format

You can now save a significant amount of time when transferring Bevel Standards across projects. In the latest release, we fully supported export and import of bevel information using XML format.

Bevel Data Ready for Import

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Separate Accounting for Valve-Handle Weights

In ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1, the valve handle "Weight" attribute is now supported. It is now possible to specify weights for the valve body and actuator separately. Note that the total part weight reported in model and production drawings is calculated as the sum of the body weight and handle weight. This improvement ensures greater flexibility when working with valves that may have several types of replaceable handles or actuators.

Weight Attribute for Valve Handle
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WorkShare Improvements


Confirmation Message Prior to Repairing Project

Occasionally, data in your project may be arranged in a way that is not suitable for WorkShare purposes. Fortunately, ShipConstructor has the ability to "repair" the project so that it is usable with WorkShare functionality. In ShipConstructor 2017 R2.1, a new confirmation message was added that appears prior to launching the repair operation. Now, you have more control over potential changes to your project database. You can also conveniently review the list of errors prior to fixing them.

Confirmation Message Before Repairing Project
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Enhancements for Optimize Package
In this release, the logic behind the "Optimize Package Size" option available during WorkShare Design Export has been significantly extended. The improved behavior was set to ensure that all unchecked items with which checked items have no dependencies are entirely excluded from the WorkShare Design package. The benefits of this change is that the package comes out to be much smaller in its size, and WorkShare Design Insert works faster. Also, if a new project is deployed from a WorkShare Design package, the deployed copy will only contain items that were originally checked for export, opposed to the complete project.

Optimize Package Option
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System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Supported Server Operating Systems

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

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 or 2016

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express
Note that SQL Server 2012 Express Edition SP1 is no longer packaged with the installer.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD 2016 and 2017

AutoCAD Mechanical 2016 and 2017

AutoCAD P&ID 2016 and 2017

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016 and 2017

Supported Autodesk Suites

Product Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Factory Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Plant Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Design Suite 2016 and 2017

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2017 R2


Overview


In ShipConstructor 2017 R2, SSI added capabilities for streamlining reviews, increasing HVAC modeling efficiency and numerous other enhancements. See highlights below.

New ShipConstructor HVAC Stock Parts: Inlet and Vane Turn Elbows

 

1. PARAMETRIC INLET ELBOWS

The Inlet Elbow is particularly useful when modeling in places around equipment where space is tight. This new elbow type part is characterized by:

  • Throat radius and heel radius that are typically the same (though the heel can be specified separately).
  • End profiles that vary only in width. The profile height is the same for both end 1 and end 2.
  • Typically a boxy shape with a rounded rectangular heel and throat.

Benefits

This new HVAC part supports more accurate modeling, increases manufacturability and streamlines processes by having these parts included in BOMs and reports.

2. PARAMETRIC VANE TURN ELBOW

 

Also useful in tight spaces, the vane turn elbow is characterized by a mitered corner and an added vane channel down the middle to accommodate turning vanes and vane assemblies to facilitate airflow. (Note: vanes not included in part model.)

Benefits

This new HVAC part supports more accurate modeling, increases manufacturability and streamlines processes by having these parts included in BOMs and reports.

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Product Hierarchy UDAs inherited by parts visible in AutoCAD Properties


Highlights

In this release, SSI has improved the way the AutoCAD Properties palette displays values of User Defined Attributes assigned to ShipConstructor Structure parts. Now, all Structure parts that inherit their UDA values from a Product Hierarchy tree are capable of displaying those values directly in the Properties palette.

Benefits

This produces a great advantage when exporting ShipConstructor drawings to Autodesk Navisworks for review and when sharing drawings with people who do not have access to the original Product Hierarchy tree. This is because you can more easily identify groups of structural parts. Reviews, material movement and planning for steel cutting are now much easier.

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ShipConstructor Unified Manual


To improve the searchability of the ShipConstructor manuals provided with the software, SSI now installs with a single unified ShipConstructor manual in PDF format. This lets a user search for topics that may span across several products.

Support for SQL Sever 2016


As part of SSI's continuous modernization efforts, ShipConstructor 2017 R2 now supports SQL Server 2016. 

System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Supported Server Operating Systems

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

SQL Servers

MS SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 or 2016

Installer includes Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express
Note that SQL Server 2012 Express Edition SP1 is no longer packaged with the installer.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

AutoCAD 2016 and 2017

AutoCAD Mechanical 2016 and 2017

AutoCAD P&ID 2016

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016

Supported Autodesk Suites

Product Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Factory Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Plant Design Suite 2016 and 2017

Design Suite 2016 and 2017

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