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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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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2017 R1.1


 

Overview


In ShipConstructor 2017 R1.1, we continued with the ongoing enhancements to the HVAC product. Following the recent additions of the cap and bellmouth stocks, we have added support for the drop cheek elbow type in this latest release.

New ShipConstructor HVAC Stock Part: Drop Cheek Elbow

Highlights

  • A drop cheek elbow is an HVAC part that turns right or left while transitioning to a different size end.
  • Drop Cheek Elbows in ShipConstructor are defined parametrically, similarly to other stocks.
  • A difference is that the throat curve is always represented by a circular arc with a constant radius.
  • A drop-cheek elbow allows for a transition in its profile width as well as a slant in its cheeks. When setting a cheek at an angle, an offset parameter can be adjusted for the “in” and “out” ends of the elbow so that only one of the sides is dropped while the other one is kept flush. Notice that setting one of the cheeks to be flush is useful in places where an expansion is only possible in one direction such as in proximity to a wall or ceiling.

 

Benefits

  • Drop cheek elbows fit well in places where a change in the HVAC line cross-section coincides with a turn.
  • As a stock part, it can be represented in the 3D model and thus show up in reports and BOMs. Being in the 3D model also improves modeling efficiency and production information.

 

 



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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, or 2014

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**

 

* Note that AutoCAD Plant 3D 2017 and AutoCAD P&ID 2017 are NOT supported. Use of these versions can result in crashes and loss of unsaved data.

** Pending final testing and verification.

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2017


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Overview


The latest release of SSI’s Autodesk based CAD/CAM Product Portfolio is focused on making you faster at your job. ShipConstructor 2017 contains numerous new features and performance enhancements.

1. WeldManagement: Operations Up to 27 times faster.
2. AutoCAD 2017 Compatibility: Retrieve and Use Models 10 times faster.
3. UDA Enhancements: Better Communication tools. Eliminate production errors and rework.
4. WorkShare Model: Transfer parts across projects. Eliminate errors and duplicate work.
- New Product addition to the WorkShare Family

Windows 10 Compatibility


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Benefits


Crucial for purchasing new computer hardware with Windows 10 pre-installed.
A free upgrade to Window 10 is still available until July 29 in most markets.
(Note: SSI recommends a clean installation of Windows 10 rather than an in-place upgrade from Windows 7)

AutoCAD 2017 Compatibility: Retrieve and Use Models 10 times Faster


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Benefits


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Enhanced Documentation Tools such as Smart centerlines and center marks
• Enhancements to Coordination Models: Attach and view Navisworks models directly inside AutoCAD. Ten times faster than MLINK!.
• New functionality lets you to snap to precise locations on an attached coordination model using the standard 2D endpoint and center object snaps.

Better Communication with Production


HVAC Connection Accessory and Equipment Accessory User Defined Attributes

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Highlights


• In SC 2017, UDA 2.0 can be used to capture additional properties of HVAC Connection Accessories and Equipment Accessories.
• There is also a new permission setting that controls access to the Accessory UDA and Part UDA edit dialogs.

Benefits


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Users can achieve a higher quality of 3D project design and production output by capturing more details with regards to HVAC Connection Accessories and Equipment Accessories.
• Permissions - better control over access to project data - allows you to streamline work and ensure that only authorized users can introduce changes to accessory UDAs.

WorkShare Model (New Product addition to the WorkShare Family)


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 Highlights


• WorkShare Model allows you to transfer individual parts (not units) across different projects. This allows you to replicate elements of the 3D model at granular level of detail.
• Now part of Core Product. (Previously, part of Subscription Advantage Pack)
• Included with WorkShare license

 Benefits


• Flexible and light-weight reuse of marine information and modeling work within the same project and/or across related projects that are based off the same catalogs. (e.g., sister ships).

WeldManagement Performance Enhancements & Customization Capabilities.


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Highlights


Custom Information: Users can now assign UDA 2.0 to weld objects.

Performance improvements:
• Weld drawings now open up to 5 times faster.
• The Weld Palette now opens up to 3 times faster.
• Displaying welds in a drawing is now up to 4 times faster.
• Redraw (REGEN) in AutoCAD is now up to 27 times faster.
• 3D orbiting in AutoCAD up to 10 times faster.
• Memory usage of drawings with welds in them is up to 10 times less.
• The file size of a drawing with welds in it has been reduced
• Ability to control the accuracy of generated weld solids in Project Settings

Benefits


• UDA 2.0 support means that users can adapt welds for their unique needs by allowing custom information to be stored with each weld.
• Performance - work can be done faster. Less time will be spent waiting for the drawing or weld palette to load.
• Ability to control accuracy of welds - this feature is beneficial when generating welds around curved lines, e.g. edges of curved plates, joins of structural pipes, etc. It allows you to significantly increase performance by sacrificing some accuracy through removal of vertices below tolerance from the weld path.

System Requirements

 

Supported Client Operating Systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 NEW 

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 now 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, AutoCAD 2017 NEW
AutoCAD Mechanical 2016, AutoCAD Electrical 2016, AutoCAD P&ID 2016, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016

Supported Autodesk Suites

*: Product Design Suite, Factory Design Suite, Plant Design Suite, Design Suite; 2016 and 2017 editions.

* Testing and verification not yet complete. Further details regarding suites supported for ShipConstructor are available in the SSI Nexus Knowledge Base.

 

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2016 R2.1


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Below is a list of some of the key highlights included with ShipConstructor 2016 R2.1

MarineDrafting Enhancements


Better MarineDrafting Representation for Curved Plates


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Description: Project curved plates onto the main plane of the MarineDrafing view while taking full advantage of the Hidden Line Removal feature.

Benefit: Have a better idea of how the parts are shaped and oriented relative to each other in 3D space by having proper representations of curved plates in MarineDrafting views.

Use Case:

  • Create MarineDrafting views for cambered decks. Differentiate between visible and hidden parts above and below the deck.

  • Create MarineDrafting views for side shells. See a proper 2D representation of the shell with adjacent components such as stiffeners, bulkheads and other structure.

Clip Geometry in MarineDrafting Views Precisely to Extents of Bounding Box

Description:
Focus on relevant geometry by clipping parts to the extents of the bounding box inside each MarineDrafting view.

Benefit: Achieve improved clarity and greater refinement of MarineDrafting views. Correctly represent hidden and visible geometry. Enjoy flexible sectioning of 3D solids. Save time on manually editing the views.

Use Case:

  • Remove irrelevant sections of bent pipes protruding beyond the bound-box extents. Avoid undesired obstructions of the geometry inside the MarineDrafting view.

  • Achieve better representation of equipment by sectioning it at an optimal location while removing details not relevant to the view.

 Add Custom User Attributes to Pipe Connection Accessories


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Description: Assign custom user-defined attributes to pipe connection accessories such as bolts, nuts, gaskets and similar.

Benefit: Keep all important details inside the ShipConstructor 3D model, readily access and share information among engineering, production, purchasing, management and other departments.

Use Cases:

  1. Purchasing: Generate a purchasing report so that ordering quantities are itemized by the accessory Tracking Number.

  2. Production: List additional attributes such a Storage Bin Identifier directly in Bills of Materials included in production drawings.

  3. Engineering: Use Connection Accessories UDA Editor to efficiently search, filter and modify values for hundreds of pipe connections in the drawing. (Subscription Advantage Pack)

 Parametrically Define New HVAC Stock Types Such As Cap and Bellmouth


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Description: Get access to two new stock types such as Cap and Bellmouth in the HVAC catalog.

Benefit: Streamline defining, modeling and generating production output for commonly used HVAC stock types.

Use Cases:

  • Parametrically define caps and bellmouths of various shapes and sizes in the HVAC stock catalog.

  • Properly account for commonly used HVAC parts in Reports and Bill of Materials.

 EnterprisePlatform Enhancements

 
SSI's powerful tool for information sharing, EnterprisePlatform, has also been improved. See below:

 More Options for Creating Work Packages



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Description: Easily identify relevant areas of the project, and use EnterprisePlatform PublisherLT to produce flexible work packages that include PDFs of Profile Plots, and PDFs and DXFs of Plate Nest drawings. Optionally, supplement the output with Overview Drawings showing locations of exported parts in 3D space.

Benefit: Achieve greater leverage when retrieving information from the ShipConstructor 3D model. Save time when producing flexible and complete work packages ready to be used in different areas of the production chain.

Use Cases:

  • Create work packages for cutting plates that combine PDFs and DXFs of plate nest drawings for selected areas of the ship.

  • Create work packages for fabricating profiles by including PDFs of profile plots.

  • Provide means to visually review and analyze exported components by including an overview drawing in your work package.

 Include Welds When Exporting Overview Drawings


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Description: Optionally include weld solids in Overview Drawings exported with PublisherLT.

Benefit: Enjoy more complete overview drawings that not only show locations of exported parts in 3D space, but also explain how the parts are welded in the ship.

Use Cases:

  • Generate a work package consisting of weld tables and visual representations of welds in 3D space.

  • Conveniently track welding progress as your ship gets built.

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

 

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Release Information - ShipConstructor 2016 R2


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

 

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