Release Information

Release Information - ShipConstructor 2014 R2


ShipConstructor 2014 R2 is focused on streamlining workflow for users and enhancing the user experience. This has been accomplished by collecting feedback from clients in all markets and industries, then implementing hundreds of suggestions that boost efficiency, quality and stability. In addition to these user-driven enhancements, ShipConstructor 2014 R2 adds new capabilities for streamlining penetration workflows and managing penetrations in a multi-disciplinary environment. ShipConstructor 2014 R2 also introduces major enhancements to the WeldManagment product which now enables complete 3D weld management. This means that for the first time ever, engineering and production can be seamlessly linked to efficiently and effectively administer the entire welding process.

User Experience

There are 265 user driven enhancements included in this release which continues to improve ShipConstructor's very intuitive and familiar User Experience (UX). These enhancements have reduced the number of clicks to complete a specific action. The UX improvements also continue to align ShipConstructor’s workflow to the evolving requirements of our clients.

These improvements allow users to accomplish tasks easier with more intuitive options. They also increase accuracy by providing relevant information during an operation. Additionally, new features and capabilities have been introduced which support new and improved workflows. The breadth of these improvements will guarantee that every ShipConstructor user will notice and appreciate this release.

Weld Management


Management of welds through the lifecycle of the project can be a laborious task and can account for a significant amount of time and resources. Therefore, through extensive research and customer feedback, SSI has extended and significantly improved the WeldManagement product securing its position as the most advanced and user friendly weld management application on the market.

Pure 3D experience


The entire lifecycle of welds from automatic generation of their 3D path to verifying the welds on the shop floor can now all be visualized in 3D using accurate and up-to-date information. This significantly reduces the amount of time required and lessens human errors. To actualize this benefit, there are several visualization modes for welds which ensure that the user can represent the welds in the form which is most appropriate for them to accomplish their task.



ShipConstructor 2014 R2 allows users to document welds in traditional ways such as with symbolic representations on workshop or assembly DWGs, or alternatively, by having welds and their attributes exported to a spreadsheet. An advantage of using ShipConstructor is that these types of output are generated from the 3D model and that they remain associatively linked. More importantly, ShipConstructor 2014 R2 also adds new modern 3D workflows which better communicate information between engineering and the shop floor than the traditional methods such as printed spreadsheets.

Connecting engineering and production

Additional features were added to WeldManagement to better facilitate a cohesive exchange of information between the engineering and production teams without introducing any disruption or requiring additional work by either group. This is accomplished by accessing the weld information contained in the Marine Information Model (MIM) via new and improved methods which allow users to retrieve information in various task specific layouts. This is important because a weld engineer requires specific tools and a visual representation of a weld which differ from the needs of a weld inspector. Therefore, with ShipConstructor 2014 R2 WeldManagement, only the information needed is collected and the user interaction with the data is optimized for the task to be accomplished.

Multi-Disciplinary distributed environment

One of the major benefits of ShipConstructor is the unified environment for creating and managing penetrations in a distributed environment. In this release, SSI extended the functionality of penetrations on multi-site projects by eliminating most restrictions. This increased flexibility now allows each site to create, modify and delete penetrations and have all changes integrated together in a predictable manner.

Streamlined Penetration workflow

Penetrations by definition are the intersection of two disciplines and because of this there are no “standard” workflows. Some organization requires a several stage penetration approval process while others just require one. ShipConstructor 2014 R2 introduces streamlined approval workflows to remove unnecessary steps that were previously required by users to complete the approval process of a penetration. There are also numerous User Experience (UX) improvements and additional features which allow a user to more efficiently create and manage penetrations. These include features such as the ability to create multiple penetrations simultaneously from one command as well as support for object snaps (Osnaps) on pending penetration cut-outs.

System Requirements

SSI has maintained the system requirements for ShipConstructor 2014 R2 so that they are the same as the prior release, ShipConstructor 2014. This allows clients who were previously using the latest version of the software to upgrade to ShipConstructor 2014 R2 without changes to their IT infrastructure.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms

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

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

Since ShipConstructor 2014 R2 is compatible with AutoCAD 2014, it allows users to take advantage of the latest features of the world’s most widely used CAD program.

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 (64-bit) only

Supported Server Operating Systems

  • Windows/Vista Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

  • Windows/Vista Server 2008 (64-bit)

ShipConstructor 2014 Installation Guide

See Manuals page.

Download Information

See Updates page.

Purchasing Information

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

What's New - ShipConstructor 2013 R2

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit), XP (32-bit SP2 or later), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 (64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (64-bit)

SQL Servers:

MS SQL Server 2005, MS SQL Server 2008, MS SQL Server 2008 R2. Note that Microsoft SQL 2005 Server Express Edition SP3 is included with installation.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms:

AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1, AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 SP1, AutoCAD Electrical 2013 SP1

Side-by-Side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2013 can be installed side-by-side with ShipConstructor 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, or 2005. However, versions prior to ShipConstructor 2013 cannot share the same version of AutoCAD.


New Features in ShipConstructor 2013 R2



The ShipConstructor 2013 R2 release from SSI offers significant enhancements to its Electrical Product. ShipConstructor now has the ability to automatically route cables between junction points within a 3D environment shared by the rest of the shipbuilding engineering team, thereby reducing interferences and
promoting concurrent engineering.




Electrical is a 3D modeling and production system for wireways, cable trays, supports, cables and transits. It features an associative 3D model connecting allocated space to individual wireways, cable trays, supports and subsequent cables.  Associative production documentation can be generated from the model including cable pull schedules and reports. The cables within the model are automatically routed within the ShipConstructor environment according to EMC ratings, minimum bend radius and more.


Detect issues early
Electrical is often one of the last disciplines to be considered and one of the most difficult to allocate space for. Space can be allocated early in the design process using Space Allocations which can be used in all interference checking against structure and other systems. These space allocations will then be used as the foundation for electrical wireways and cable supports ensuring that late issues should not arise.

Effective change
Cables, wireways, cable supports and space allocations within the 3D model are associatively connected. As changes are made to space allocations, wireways, and cable lengths are automatically updated. This level of associativity in the 3D Electrical model reduces the amount of manual work, and resulting errors, that must be performed when change is required.

Accurate cable lengths
Cables are created and automatically routed in 3D resulting in more accurate cable lengths and installation information in cable pull sheets and reports. This leads to lower material handling costs and less wasted cable as it is pulled through the ship.


  • Allocate space early in the process

  • Define a master equipment list

  • Model electrical wireways

  • Model standard cable supports and trays

  • Define EMC zones

  • Automatically route cables

  • Parametrically update wireways and cables as systems change

  • Create cable pull schedules and electrical arrangements

For download information, view the Updates page.

What's New - ShipConstructor 2013

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit), XP (32-bit SP2 or later), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 (64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (64-bit)

SQL Servers:

MS SQL Server 2005, MS SQL Server 2008, MS SQL Server 2008 R2. Note that Microsoft SQL 2005 Server Express Edition SP3 is included with installation.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms:

AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1, AutoCAD Mechanical 2013 SP1, AutoCAD Electrical 2013 SP1

Side-by-Side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2013 can be installed side-by-side with ShipConstructor 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, or 2005. However, versions prior to ShipConstructor 2013 cannot share the same version of AutoCAD.


New Features in ShipConstructor 2013

ShipConstructor 2013 enables users to work in the most advanced CAD environment by adding AutoCAD 2013 compatibility. AutoCAD 2013 offers several new tools and improvements as detailed on Autodesk's website. Please note that the latest version of the AutoCAD service pack is required (SP1.1 minimum).

Enhanced BOM Revisioning
A Bill of Materials (BOM) Revision History can now be included in DWG based production drawings which will save shipyards hundreds of hours of work. Changes will no longer slip through unnoticed and it will no longer be necessary to visually compare DWGs side by side to identify changes since deleted items will have a strikethrough, item numbering will never be changed and updated items will show an asterisk until a new revision is created.

WorkShare Design
WorkShare Design is part of the WorkShare suite for use with ShipConstructor. WorkShare Design allows users to leverage large portions of design work from a previous project. This is achieved by intelligently capturing the model information in a single compressed package which can then be deployed in other projects. From this intelligent package, a user can select which sections of the project will be imported. The catalog, model drawings, production drawings, and their associations and relationships are then rolled into the chosen project. Unlike WorkShare Project, once combined through WorkShare Design, the two projects and their data are independent.

Part Views
Released as part of the Subscription Advantage Pack for ShipConstructor 2011 R2 and now promoted into the regular release for ShipConstructor 2013, this feature allows a user working in a drawing to view ShipConstructor parts that are external to that drawing without having to include an entire MLink. Only pertinent parts are shown. A practical example for Part Views is during the construction of Secondary Product Hierarchies for use in Arrangement Drawing Creation.

New Tools and Usability Enhancements in Product Hierarchies

A. It is now possible to copy a product hierarchy with or without part locations into a new prouct hierarchy.
This enables the reuse of existing hierarchical structures to build complex secondary hierarchies.

Potential Applications:

  • Critical path system analysis

  • Delivery sequence of third party processed parts

  • Organizing parts by processing methods

  • Organizing assemblies for assembly drawing creation beyond what is possible in the actual build sequence.

B. ShipConstructor 2013 adds the ability to export and then import the structure of a product hierarchy into a new project. This is helpful for re-use of work on a sister ship design when the design only requires slight modifications.

Increased Quality
As with every release, SSI strives to continually improve ShipConstructor. In ShipConstructor 2013 33 new features have been introduced and 194 issues fixed.

For download information, view the Updates page.

What's New - ShipConstructor 2012 R2

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit), Vista (64-bit and 32-bit), XP (32-bit SP2 or later), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit and 32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (64-bit and 32-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)
SQL Servers: MS SQL Server 2005 or MS SQL Server 2008. Note that Microsoft SQL 2005 Server Express Edition SP3 is included with installation.

Supported AutoCAD Platforms:

 AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2011 SP1, and AutoCAD 2012
Side-by-Side Installation Compatibility ShipConstructor 2012 can be installed side-by-side with ShipConstructor 2011, 2009, 2008, or 2005. However, multiple ShipConstructor installations cannot share the same version of AutoCAD.


New Features in ShipConstructor 2012 R2

Labeling Improvements: Watch Video

ShipConstructor 2012 R2 reduces the time needed to clearly and cleanly label drawings through various improvements in labeling. The convenience and speed of manual labeling has been increased by providing manually activated options for automatic redistribution of label bubbles along label leader distribution lines using Center, Nearest, or Equidistant placement while automatically preventing leader lines from crossing. Meanwhile, rework is prevented since ShipConstructor 2012 R2 now preserves user-chosen setups of labels and leader distribution lines without being overridden.

New commands further improve clarity by allowing the consolidation of close or similar angled leader distribution lines. This function is particularly useful in production drawings where parts are labeled from multiple BOM tables.

The Subscription Advantage Pack for ShipConstrurctor 2012 R2 (scheduled for launch in April 2012) will also include the ability to automatically label to the edge of a part rather than the piecemark. This highly requested feature allows more efficient generation of production drawings to comply with common industry requirements.

SC 2012 Automatic Labeling
SC 2012 - Automatic Labeling (click to enlarge)

SC 2012 R2 Automatic Labeling
SC 2012 R2 - Automatic Labeling (click to enlarge)

SC 2012 R2 with Subscription Advantage Pack
SC 2012 R2 with Subscription Advantage Pack - Automatic Labeling (click to enlarge) 

 Cable Supports

Cable Supports: Watch Video

ShipConstructor 2012 R2 introduces the ability to model Electrical Cable Supports within Space Allocations. This enhancement will also support the Electrical Module Cable Routing feature when it is released. Cable Supports provide an equipment style of modeling inverted tee, trapeze, tray, tray supports, and other types of cable supports. Any type of stock may be defined to have multiple standard drawings per stock in order to represent different configurations and interval spacing of the same stock in order to simplify management. Flexible tools to easily allow the renaming of cable supports have been introduced as well.

Cable Supports
Cable Supports (click to enlarge)

Two new drawing types are available to host the Cable Supports objects:

  • Wireway model drawing - a unit bound drawing for modeling space allocations and cable supports

  • Wireway arrangement drawing - a general electrical production drawing

Dynamic Marking Blocks

Dynamic Marking Blocks: Watch Video

Dynamic marking blocks have been introduced in ShipConstructor 2012 R2. These new objects may be added to plates defined in ShipConstructor as a way for users to more flexibly indicate standard information about a plate to the production processes. Dynamic marking blocks are defined in Manager via a Standard Drawing similar to the way Markline Symbols are defined. Once defined, users may then insert these marking blocks, being prompted upon insertion for values to represent the attributes within the standar that are marked as "dynamic". This enables modelers to specify things such as alignment marks and bevel codes on plates in a centrally controlled fashion and have an efficient process with which to manage.

Dynamic Marking Blocks
Dynamic Marking Blocks  (click to enlarge)

New Profile Shapes

Two new profile shapes are supported: Deflanged W and Improved Joint Condition. Deflanged W stock is made from a W profile stock by cutting back the bottom flange. An Improved Joint Condition stock is very similar to a T profile stock. It is made from a W profile stock by cutting the web of a W profile stock down its length and by cutting back the flanges at specific angles.

New Profile Shapes
Deflanged W and Improved Joint Condition Profiles  (click to enlarge)

Increased Flexibility for Creating Saddle Connections

A new method for creating a saddle connection via interference with the outer diameter of the header and the inner diameter of the branch has been introduced into ShipConstructor 2012 R2 in order to better accommodate industry processes.

Saddle Connection
Saddle Connection  (click to enlarge)

Performance Enhancements
ShipConstructor 2012 R2 has enhanced performance in multiple areas. Large Enterprise clients in particular will notice improvements in multiple-user concurrent usage capabilities throughout the entire product suite.

Customer Involvement Program
The ability to collect Customer Involvement Program (CIP) data was incorporated into the ShipConstructor 2012 R2 release. CIP data helps clients analyze the efficiency of their software usage and also enables them to identify training requirments. CIP data can also significantly assist SSI with troubleshooting and product development. The ShipConstructor Customer Involvement Program is a 100% voluntary program that provides administrators and SSI a way to gather and record how ShipConstructor is used by collecting data on the execution, sequence, and duration of commands. No data is collected until this capability is voluntarily enabled on a given workstation. The information is stored in a XML based file that is located on the client machine or on a network drive. It can be enabled silently via a Group Policy push setup by network administrators but SSI cannot gather any information unless it is explicitly sent to ShipConstructor Software Inc.

For download information, view the Updates page.

What's New - ShipConstructor 2012

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

XP (32-bit), Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit) Windows Server 2008 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)

SQL Servers:

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, SQL Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2

Supported AutoCAD Platforms:

AutoCAD2010, AutoCAD 2011, and AutoCAD 2012

Side-by-Side Installation Compatibility

ShipConstructor 2012 supports side-by-side installation with ShipConstructor 2008, ShipConstructor 2009, and ShipConstructor 2011.


New Features in ShipConstructor 2012

AutoCAD 2012 Support
ShipConstructor 2012 enables users to work in the most advanced CAD environment by adding AutoCAD 2012 compatibility. AutoCAD 2012 offers several new tools and improvements such as enhanced surface modeling, enhanced point cloud support, direct access to AutoCAD WS, and in-application access to AutoDesk Exchange. ShipConstructor 2012 also supports AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD 2010.

AutoCAD 2012 Support (click on image to enlarge)

Enhanced Offset Construction Lines (click to enlarge)

Enhanced Offset Construction Lines
ShipConstructor 2012 increases modeling efficiency by allowing offset construction lines to be modified independently from their source lines. Offset construction lines can be shortened, lengthened, trimmed, and broken at a point without affecting the source line or breaking the offset relationship. This allows complex models to be created with simpler line work. It also makes subsequent modifications of already modeled construction lines much easier.

Enhanced Endcuts (click to enlarge)

Enhanced Endcuts
ShipConstructor 2012 reduces the number of endcut definitions required to populate a catalog with industry standard endcuts. Additional trim application options require fewer unique definitions and simplify the combined application of endcuts and trims.

One-Step Package and Deploy Project (click to enlarge)

One-Step Package and Deploy Project
ShipConstructor 2012 simplifies the process of backing up and transferring a project with new one-step commands: Package Project and Deploy Project. The Package Project command creates a compressed archive that includes all components of a ShipConstructor project, i.e. the database backup, all ShipConstructor drawings, and optionally any additional files that reside in the project folder. The Deploy Project command takes the archive produced by the Package Project command, checks the file for consistency, and then automatically deploys it to a specified server and location while creating a new PRO file so that there are no additional steps required to start working once the deployment is complete.

Side-by-Side Installation
ShipConstructor 2012 makes it easy to test or to execute multiple projects on multiple versions of ShipConstructor. On the same PC, side-by-side installation of ShipConstructor 2012 is supported with ShipConstructor 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Increased Speed
ShipConstructor 2012 reduces wait time with a number of improvements. The load times of distributed system model drawings have been reduced by up to 10%. Additionally, the time required to load and view distributed system part property data in AutoCAD has been reduced by 50%. This results in increased environment responsiveness, especially when selecting large numbers of parts. Finally, ShipConstructor 2012 allows the performance improvements contained within AutoCAD 2012 to be taken advantage of. As an example, AutoCAD 2012 offers superior performance when switching between different tabs on the ribbon.

For download information, view the Updates page.