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November 27, 2023
Software Release

SSI 2024 R2 introduces updates to how shipbuilders and design agencies can work within a model-based environment, streamline outfitting, configuration manage more parts, streamline production, and educate the next generation of shipbuilders.

Most excitingly, this release introduces a one-click feature for updating equipment stocks across multiple drawings and fully integrates the SSI Portal for improved search and navigation. Additionally, new capabilities include bulk editing of clash statuses and automated generation of weld marklines, reducing manual effort and errors. Register for the release webinar to get a detailed look at all the enhancements coming to SSI solutions.

Join the SSI team on Dec 7th at 8 am PST (11 am EST, 5 pm CET) for a webinar first look at all the improvements now available with the release of SSI 2024 R2.

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Detailed Enhancements

Push Stock Changes Across Multiple Drawings in the Background

Push functional design changes across multiple model drawings directly to parts from the Project Item List (PIL) in the background – all with one click. Changes to equipment stocks are common for larger and more expensive equipment as the stock is progressively elaborated due to new information becoming available from engineering and purchasing. SSI 2024 R2 simplifies this common task.

Dialog view from the Project Item List

This feature significantly reduces the steps required to change equipment stocks and minimizes the introduction of errors typically caused by re-specifying previously entered information. Downstream traceability is key, so a clear history of the part identity, attribute values, and assembly assignments is maintained. Results of the operation are reported in a SmartLog for easy follow-up, checks, and adjustments.

SSI Portal Additional Integration and Expanded Search

Now available as part of the core ShipConstructor functionality, SSI Portal is now integrated into several areas within the application and can show results for additional object types. This enhancement expands Portal with additional navigational integration, expanded search capabilities, and further integration into the ShipConstructor environment, making it a powerful navigational tool.

Find Portal next to Navigator in the toolbar.

Find Portal next to Navigator within the ShipConstructor environment. Load objects into Portal from Compartment Manager, Tasks, Product Hierarchy, Navigator, and Project Item List, while search results for relevant object types are also shown in Portal.

Bulk Edit Clash Status and View All Clash Properties

Clash Palette and Clash Manager now feature a Properties Panel that lets users view all properties of clashes and clashing objects. This panel can be used to update the Status and User-Defined Attributes of multiple clashes at the same time.

The new clash properties panel showing the type of clash and other properties

As part of the changes for this release, several columns/properties like stock name, compartments and unit name have been added to provide users with more information and the ability to filter information based on the new columns. Any changes to the column’s order, width and visibility are now persisted between ShipConstructor sessions.

Clash checking now allows the user to see whether the clashing piece of a part is a solid, insulation, or an equipment envelope. This information is shown through a newly added column. Based on this information and clashing part type, ShipConstructor will show whether a clash is Hard/Soft.

We’re happy to say that the idea behind this improvement came from a highly voted issue suggested on our Nexus Wishlist by a current client.

Lock and Configuration Control Plate Nests

Production planners can now control the change of nested plate parts. When plate nests are not configuration controlled with the rest of the modeling, planning, and production information created from ShipConstructor, it is difficult to understand how, why or when Plate Nests need to change.

Find the new plate nest options under Lock Manager

Locking Plate Nests now allows users to control change introduced upstream of the nesting process and track what needs to be changed in nests prior to cutting steel. This helps to control and avoid costly rework of cut parts, which in turn reduces waste.

Automatically Generate Weld Marklines on Plate Parts

Manually marking up plates on the production floor is time consuming and increases the chance of errors slipping through. Now, marklines for weld paths can be automatically added from within the model drawings. Builders working with aluminum will appreciate the support for stitch welds as well as continuous welds.

Both stitch and continuous welds are supported.

Weld marklines on plate parts enables users to add the information of associated welds to the plate parts in their model drawing. Weld marklines in ShipConstructor streamline the production workflow where manual effort is currently required to measure and mark weld location and weld standard for each weld. Automatically adding the weld mark lines on plate parts from within ShipConstructor reduces the chance of human error in the process. When there is a change to the associated weld, the marklines can be replaced on the affected plate.

Modern Shipbuilding Design Course

SSI has been working in partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program, or NSRP, and has delivered a completely redesigned and updated version of the Modern Shipbuilding Design Course (MSDC). This course makes it easier for professionals new to shipbuilding to gain the knowledge specific to the industry as required by modern design firms and dockyards.

SSI has developed and positioned the course offering to align students with terminology, basic principles, and core products that are used throughout ShipConstructor. The course is available on SSI Nexus or through the NSRP.

Support for AutoCAD and Navisworks 2024

ShipConstructor now includes Autodesk 2024 core platform integration for AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Plant 3D, as well as Navisworks Simulate and Manage.

With Autodesk 2024 come improvements in extent handling, faster querying and task reporting, and part and equipment revisions.

Register for the Webinar

Register for the webinar below to watch it live or recorded and see these new features and improvements in action. There’s no better way to experience what’s new for this release.

System Requirements

Supported Client Operating SystemsWindows 10, 11 (64-bit)
Supported Server Operating SystemsWindows Server 2022, 2019, 2016
.Net Framework.NET Framework 4.7 (installed automatically)
SQL ServersMS SQL Server 2022, 2019. SQL Server 2022 Express is included with the installer. Note: Express editions are suitable for projects with 5 or fewer users only.
SQL Enterprise 2019+ for WorkShare Teams
Supported AutoCAD Platforms2024, 2023, and 2022:
AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical,
AutoCAD Plant3D (for ShipConstructor P&ID Design Validation functionality of Pipe)
Supported Navisworks Versions2024, 2023, and 2022:
Navisworks Simulate, Navisworks Manage
Side-by-side Installation CompatibilityShipConstructor 2024 can be installed side-by-side with any previous major ShipConstructor version; each installed version of ShipConstructor requires its own dedicated instance of AutoCAD.

SSI Installation Guide

Access the latest ShipConstructor manual on SSI Nexus for detailed installation instructions and system requirements for this release.

Download Information

To download this release, visit the downloads section of SSI Nexus. There, you can get access to all the latest SSI releases.

Purchasing Information

For information on this release, to purchase the software, or to renew your Subscription contact an SSI Representative.

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