Release Information

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.

What's New - ShipConstructor 2011 R2

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 and AutoCAD 2011


New Features in ShipConstructor 2011 R2


Increased Speed
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 reduces wait time by lessening the amount of time required to create and update assembly, arrangement, spool, and support construction drawings by up to 50%.

Batch Updatable Production Drawings
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 increases efficiency by providing the ability to update multiple arrangement, assembly, spool, or support construction drawings in a single operation. Drawings to update are selected from a drawing list then batch updated with results written to an easy to read logfile.

Increased Speed and Batch Update
Increased Speed and Batch Update (click on image to enlarge)

Enhanced ProductHierarchy
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 provides a much more flexible and powerful way of organizing project data by removing the unit constraint from non-primary product hierarchies. The separation of Navigator units from ProductHierarchy units allow units in Navigator to be defined in a way that makes sense for organizing projects, distributing work, and maximizing the benefits of part relationships. Alternate product hierarchies can be created to group parts for build strategy design, model attribution, production output generation, as well as for reporting.

Enhanced Product Hierarchy
Enhanced Product Hierarchy (click to enlarge)

Project Equipment List
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 extends the Marine Information Model (MIM) with the addition of the Project Equipment List, the next stage of development in ShipConstructor's electrical module. The Project Equipment List allows users to define and manage the project master equipment list and associated electrical connections within ShipConstructor. It is designed to be the hub of equipment data, linking the 3D product model to other engineering disciplines and providing a mechanism for reconciling changes to the 3D model through the design cycle. ShipConstructor 2011 R2 provides toolsets for creating and managing the Project Equipment List, inserting parts in the 3D model using data in the Project Equipment List, and generating reports that allow differences between the Project Equipment List and the 3D model to be identified.

Project Equipment List
Project Equipment List (click to enlarge)

Improved Change Management
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 enhances already powerful associative DWG production drawings to simplify change management and production document revisioning. Production drawing updates can now be undone which provides a more precise mechanism for managing change in the ShipConstructor model. Additionally, ShipConstructor now allows old versions of assembly, arrangement, support construction, and spool drawing DWG files to be manually copied back to the project folder and reconciled to the model. Weld Management, Interference, and Product Hierarchy drawings are now updatable in the same manner as assembly, arrangement, support construction, and spool drawings.

Improved Change Management
Improved Change Management (click to enlarge)

Updatable Twisted Stiffeners
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 reduces duplication of effort due to change by offering a new one step process for updating model drawing twisted stiffeners from changes made in the hull module. Rather than deleting the old part version in the destination model drawing and re-exporting the part, using the Update Twisted Stiffener Part command allows the desired part to be easily replaced with new geometry while saving the user from re-entering information such as product hierarchy locations.

Twisted Stiffener
Twisted Stiffener (click to enlarge)

Reports by Model Drawing
ShipConstructor 2011 R2 provides greater access to project data by allowing reports to be generated by model drawing. Users now have the ability to generate reports by product hierarchy, system, and model drawing.

Reports by model drawing
Reports by model drawing (click to enlarge)

For download information, view the Updates page.

What's New - ShipConstructor 2011

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows® XP SP3 (x86),
Windows Vista (x86 and x64),
Windows 7 (x86 and x64),
Windows Server 2003 Server (x86),
Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) (Server Installation Only),
Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86 and x64) (Server Installation Only)

Supported AutoCAD Platforms:

AutoCAD2010, AutoCAD 2011.

Supported SQL Servers:

SQL Server 2005 SP3,
SQL Server 2008,
SQL Server 2008 R2

Side-by-Side Installation Compatibility

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


New Features in ShipConstructor 2011

Enhanced support for Multiple Product Hierarchies

Assembly Drawing Wizard

Assembly Drawing Wizard

ShipConstructor 2011 now allows clients to use hierarchies other than the build strategy to generate production documentation and as a means of selecting and filtering parts during plate nesting, profile nesting and the creation of profile plots.

The ShipConstructor ProductHierarchy, with the Build Strategy as the primary hierarchy, has long been the hub for data extraction and drawing generation from within the ShipConstructor 3D product model. The build strategy reflects the logical assembly sequence for the project and includes all parts and intermediate work products such as spools and assemblies for the product. This allows efficient generation of production drawings and reports based upon requirements from production.

The new capability of enhancing support for multiple product hierarchies allows clients to do even more with the ShipConstructor product than previously possible. Potential applications range from the ability to define an alternate ProductHierarchy for logical compartmentation (and subsequent generation of drawings, reports or arrangements by compartment) to the definition of a second, or third ProductHierarchy defined to build the same vessel at another location (assuming somewhat similar facility constraints).

Administrator Schedule Maintenance
Administrator Schedule Maintenance (click to enlarge)

Scheduled Database Maintenance
ShipConstructor 2011 has a new database maintenance feature to increase speed.

To ensure ShipConstructor users working on complex ships and offshore projects are able to reap the most benefit from the ShipConstructor product suite, it is critical that the database and infrastructure supporting those users is always running at peak efficiency.

In order to ensure that the ShipConstructor database is always running smoothly, ShipConstructor 2011 provides the ability to schedule database maintenance operations including the cleanup of unused data, compacting of database files, and the re-building of database indexes.

Revisions Dialog 1
Revisions Dialog 1 (click to enlarge)

Enhanced Revisions
In ShipConstructor 2011, the "Project Revisions" dialog has undergone major improvements.

The Microsoft SQL Server database that contains a ShipConstructor project's 3D product model with associated attribute information also contains a wealth of information regarding the history of operations performed by users in the project.

The capabilities ShipConstructor provides to review these project revisions have been improved in ShipConstructor 2011, allowing clients to effectively mine the wealth of information available. These changes include a number of features designed to allow a user to quickly find and understand a specific set of revisions and manage the large number of revisions a complex ShipConstructor project can contain. Additionally, SC 2011 now includes the ability to export these revisions to common formats including Microsoft Excel or HTML, allowing for archiving or further investigation of a specific set of revisions.

Project Split & Merge Performance Improvements
The ShipConstructor Project Split&Merge product has successfully allowed clients to collaborate on a single ShipConstructor project from all around the world. ShipConstructor 2011 improves the performance of merge and refresh operations at distributed sites by as much as 10%.

Object Properties Manager
Object Properties Manager (click to enlarge)

Unique identifier in AutoCAD OPM and COM Interfaces
Part GUID information is more easily accessible in ShipConstructor 2011.

Individual parts in the ShipConstructor product model are given an identifier that is unique not just across the project to which it belongs, but to all ShipConstructor projects. These Global Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) have been used to integrate the ShipConstructor product model with other software and processes such as ERP and FEA software. These identifiers can also be used to link the representation of an item such as a valve in the ShipConstructor database with the same item in other places such as a P&ID schematic.

To increase the usefulness of the GUIDs in the ShipConstructor product model, ShipConstructor 2011 now makes these identifiers available in the AutoCAD OPM and in the COM programming interfaces that can be used to extract information about ShipConstructor parts in an AutoCAD DWG. This makes GUIDs available in AutoCAD and therefore accessible via AutoLISP and VBA code (tools commonly used to customize and integrate with AutoCAD based applications like ShipConstructor). GUIDs are also now automatically included in Autodesk Navisworks models.

These new capabilities further SSI's commitment to providing software products which are based on an open platform and that can be easily integrated into a clients' specific business processes and software tools.

Negative X Coordinate in Profile Endcut Definitions

Arc Cut centered away from profile

Arc Cut centered away from profile (click to enlarge)

ShipConstructor 2011 now allows negative X coordinates to specify individual cut origin locations.

ShipConstructor provides powerful tools for creating, editing, and applying parametric endcuts on stiffeners in the 3D product model. This allows for the generation of endcut definitions that satisfy most specific production requirements.

ShipConstructor 2011 takes these capabilities even further to satisfy even more of the cases seen by ShipConstructor clients. This is accomplished by allowing parametric shapes to be cut from the profile to be centered on a location that is outside the extents of the part. Amongst other benefits, this allows a client to avoid situations that would previously have resulted in a sharp point or smaller segment remaining after the cut which is undesirable in production.

For download information, view the Updates page.