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May 20, 2024
Software Release

SSI 2025 introduces powerful features that will help you every single day in your design and production workflows.This version offers major improvements in space allocation routing, featuring new modes that automate and simplify the connection process, even with complex profiles and orientations. Integration with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been deepened, allowing for streamlined workflows between design and analysis, which enhances safety and precision in lift preparation. 

The update also enhances project oversight with a SmartLog feature in the Project Item List (PIL), which provides detailed reporting on parts and their associations, improving project tracking and management. User permissions management has been revamped for easier configuration and control throughout the project lifecycle, enhancing security and efficiency. 

Enhancements in managing User Defined Attributes (UDAs) and production drawing annotations facilitate better workflow information sharing and more intuitive drawing management. The release also supports efficient standardized file generation, combining geometry and parametric data into unified outputs for smoother integration with shipyard processes. Additionally, a newly organized Custom Operations library on Nexus provides extensive resources for streamlining operations, highlighting SSI’s commitment to continuous innovation and user support. 

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Detailed Enhancements

Improved Space Allocation Routing

Building on our commitment to design precision and efficiency, the new version of ShipConstructor streamlines space allocation routing. The latest enhancements simplify connections between different space allocation runs—whether they are offset, at an angle, or feature different profiles—with just a few clicks.  

View of adaptive elbows

The introduction of an intersection mode for elbows and a new Autofit mode for transitions now automatically calculates part profiles and offsets, making connections seamless and intuitive. Transitions fill the gap between selected ends and elbows are placed so their centerlines align with the ends selected for easy connection. 

Bidirectional Lifting and Turning Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Workflows

SSI 2025 builds on how shipyards can take advantage of Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Teams can now utilize FEA workflows to automate and refine lift preparation and analysis, enhancing safety and precision.

Lifting simulation in Altair HyperWorks using ShipConstructor export

These workflows include: 

  • Creating lifting and turning assembly drawings and preferred stock list within ShipConstructor. 
  • Generating lifting and turning packages with EnterprisePlatform. 
  • Exporting the lifting packages into FEA tools like Altair HyperWorks and ATA Engineering Simcenter Femap. 
  • Importing the data created by the FEA Analyst back into ShipConstructor to update the Product Model and production drawings. 

Curved Plate Forming Workflows with Nieland Press

Historically, shipyards have encountered challenges obtaining the necessary data to shape curved plates. Now the production floor can automate the output of the data required for the forming of curved plates in a standard format, use the elongation data as a guideline to drive the Nieland Press forming machine, and easily shape curved plates. 

Expanded plate with elongation data

Two new options are introduced in the Plate Expansion Option user interface giving operators more data when using the Nieland Press machine to form curved plates. These new plate expansion options add the elongation data to the expanded plate, allowing the operator to know how much is needed per area to correctly form the plate. This development streamlines workflows between ShipConstructor to the Nieland Press to form curved plates, eliminating the need for 3rd party software, saving time, reducing complexity, and greatly improving production workflows when forming curved plates. 

Standardized File Generation

Standardized Files for plates or profiles with graphic and parametric data can now be generated using a single EnterprisePlatform operation. Standardized file outputs mean a reduction in the number of files required for all part information. These standardized files consist of two parts: a DXF file, which includes part geometry, and an XML file, containing parametric data. The standardized files provide a reliable way for partners to gather ShipConstructor part information which is essential in developing reliable integrations with shipyard production floor processes. 

DXF and XML for parts

Two new operations, “Export Profile Part Data” and “Export Plate Nestable Part Data” have been introduced in this release to facilitate exporting of standardized files via EnterprisePlatform. 

SmartLog Report of Parts without PIL Item Association

The Project Item List now offers a SmartLog output of all relevant parts within a project which do not have a PIL Item association. 

SmartLog view

The output can be customized with any load criteria to provide a specific, focused scope. It aids in providing a complete picture of the project state to understand if any functional items are present within the project that are not represented in the Project Item List.

As a SmartLog, the report allows for sorting, filtering and navigational elements outside the AutoCAD environment.

Associate Workflow Information with UDAs on Locks

In ShipConstructor 2025, Administrators and Project Managers have a better understanding of why an object was locked. Assigning User Defined Attributes to Locks allows administrators and project managers to associate workflow information with lock-related events, such as locking, unlocking, and granting and revoking access to or from specific locked items.

Each lock now includes a reason behind it

With UDAs on Locks, end users can now see not only who locked a ShipConstructor entity, but also the reason for the lock to exist, as well as any custom lock-related data. Lock UDA values are now displayed right in Lock Manager, where each Lock UDA gets a dedicated column. 

More Supported UDAs

As part of this update, all UDA-equipped object types are now integrated into the UDA Editor, providing a singular interface for quickly editing any UDA value associated with objects based on customizable load criteria.

Each object type also provides a core list of properties in read-only mode to provide additional referencing when editing and reviewing existing UDA values. The palette has been engineered to allow multiple instances for different object types. Find the UDA Editor in the ShipConstructor Utilities ribbon.

Easier User Permissions Management

Our new release modernizes user permissions management, making it easier for project managers to configure and control access throughout the project lifecycle. The redesigned interface supports role-based assignments and bulk operations, streamlining the process and enhancing project security and efficiency. 

Editing roles and user permissions

The importing and exporting of users and permission groups save time, as these can now be re-implemented across multiple projects. The user interface is built with standard functionalities to more easily sort and order columns and lists according to the user’s needs. 

Production Drawing Annotation Enhancements

Engaging with our clients has given us an opportunity to improve how production annotations allow modelers and engineers to efficiently and confidently create production drawings. This release makes it easier to add, detail, check, manage, or revise annotation-related details for production drawings.

Specific improvements include: 

  • Improved performance for auto label 
  • Highlight label when part is selected 
  • Accessories UDA is now supported for Property Labels 
  • More properties supported for Structure, Pipe, HVAC, and Equipment Property Labels.

New Custom Operations Library

Learn how to streamline your workflows by reviewing our Custom Operations library. EnterprisePlatform Operations give clients the ability to rapidly create on-demand or scheduled outputs in many different formats from various ShipConstructor source types within a project. Many clients have requested and are making use of Custom Operations to provide additional types of outputs and streamline workflows.  

SSI Nexus now offers an organized Custom Operations library available for subscribers, to raise awareness of the additional kinds of work that can be accomplished with Operations beyond what is available out-of-the-box. 

Modernized Nexus Knowledge Base and Search

With a new look and improved search functionality, the Knowledge Base is more useful than ever. SSI has modernized the Nexus Knowledge Base. These modernizations to the site and publications provide users with a richer interactive experience.

In addition, the modernized site includes a new search utility that allows you to search the way you want, offering options to search by keywords, SSI Products, and article categories. 

MIM Reports Now Includes Accessories and Penetrations

SSI Marine Information Model Reports (MIM Reports) now includes an Accessories page which can help with various accessory reporting for a range of scenarios. 

  • Reporting for procurement – from the block, system (SWBS) or assembly level – how many of each accessory package / accessory are required to purchase. 
  • Reporting for assembly – during the assembly process, see which accessory packages/accessories are required for a given stage of assembly. 
  • Review reporting – reviewing and assessing that accessories have been assigned where required, and that the correct ones are in use. 
MIM accessories report

Furthermore, the MIM Reports also includes a new Penetrations page to support reporting scenarios such as: 

  • View or export a penetration bill of materials for all or part of a vessel, (e.g. filter by penetration status, process, standard type or watertight-ness, as well as by the penetration parts’ assembly, unit, model drawing, spec/system/branch/spool). 
  • Easily identify parts involved in a penetration (i.e. penetrated, penetrators as well as components like collars or doubler plates), along with their model drawing locations. 
  • Display or export accessories or accessory packages for selected penetrations. 

See the SSI Marine Information Model Reports Articles Directory in Nexus for more information on getting started and using the SSI MIM Reports in Power BI. 

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System Requirements

Supported Client Operating SystemsWindows 10, 11 (64-bit)
Supported Server Operating SystemsWindows Server 2022, 2019, 2016
.Net Framework.NET Framework 4.8.2 (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
AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical,
AutoCAD Plant3D (for ShipConstructor P&ID Design Validation functionality of Pipe)
Supported Navisworks Versions2024, 2023
Navisworks Simulate, Navisworks Manage
Side-by-side Installation CompatibilityShipConstructor 2025 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.

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