Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Complete Vessel Structure Modeling and Part Nesting by Autoship

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) has developed a complete CAD/CAM suite to meet the CAD/CAM needs in marine vessel design and construction, including two key programs in the CAD/CAM suite: Autostructure 3.0 and Production Manager 3.0. Autostructure and Production Manager are key components in the Autoship CAD/CAM suite, offering shipyards complete solutions in structural design, pre-construction drawing preparation and part nesting. Autostructure is used to create a 3D model of a vessel structure and to output the parts of that model in CAD format. The CAD representation can be used either to prepare construction drawings or for input to NC cutting processors. Autostructure utilizes an Autoship-generated hull and/or superstructure and can also include the shell plate information created in Autoplate. (Autoship and Autoplate are programs in the Autoship Systems CAD/CAM suite.

Autostructure was designed to allow parts to be created quickly and with minimal input. While there is a general workflow, no set ways or sequences are forced upon the user. And since parts can be generated rapidly, mistakes can be quickly and easily remedied. Also, if a part is changed or moved, Autostructure can update the surrounding structure. Autostructure has an interface with the piping design system "AutoPLANT" by Bentley Systems Inc. Data exchange between the two programs allows for coordination of design between piping designers and structure designers, hence avoiding costly rework on the vessel construction site. All parts designed in Autostructure can be imported into Production Manager for nesting and related processing. Production Manager provides sheet and linear (extrusion, flat bar) nesting, part subdivision, weld shrinkage compensation, stock definition, stock inventory and stock remnant management. Together, Autostructure and Production Manager provide complete control over vessel structure design and nesting, plus integration with third party piping. These components have completed the ASC CAD/CAM suite.

Albacore Research Ltd (ARL) released ShipConstructor2005, the latest version of its AutoCAD-based 3-D product modeling software for the design and fabrication of complete ships and offshore structures. ShipConstructor2005 was developed under AutoCAD2005 with backwards compatibility to AutoCAD2004, providing many new functions that are designed to improve productivity, not only while operating the software, but also downstream in production and through integration of ShipConstructor with other business processes. "The last development cycle had been a very short one, with ShipConstructor2004 released in October 2003. We decided to move our 2005 release date to June in order to take advantage of functional enhancements in Autodesk's spring release of AutoCAD2005," said Rolf G. Oetter, Founder and President of ARL. With the introduction of the Hull module, ARL brings much of the functionality of the proven but so far stand-alone ShipCAM solution into ShipConstructor, thus running inside of AutoCAD. Users will be able to open ShipCAM files, import 3DM (Rhino) and IGES (most hull design programs) files. The Hull module's functionality provides trim-able surfaces, stringer layouts, pin-jigs and inverse bending. Plate expansion, including forming templates, accuracy control data and strain maps are also included. Established ShipConstructor modules (Manager, Structure, Pipe, Penetrations, Equipment, HVAC) are boosted by numerous performance improvements to offer users more flexibility, fine-grain control and quicker functionality. Notable features of ShipConstructor2005 include: Smart Bill of Materials; Improved Database Integration; and Pipe Module Enhancements.

The following CAD/CAM directory is the result of an e-mail survey conducted in June 2004. Please e-mail any additions or corrections to

ARL Albacore Research

#304-3960 Quadra Street

Victoria, BC V8X 4A3 Canada

Larry Varga

tel: +1-888-210-7420, +1-250-479-3638 fax: +1-250-479-0868

Descr: Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) is the creator of ShipConstructor, the easy-to-use, AutoCAD based Product-Modeling software for the design and fabrication of ships and offshore structures.

Products: ShipConstructor provides functions for curved plates, structure, pipe, HVAC, equipment, and NC-processing and also generates sophisticated production documentation.

Autoship Systems Corporation

Suite 312 - 611 Alexander Street

Vancouver, BC V6A 1E1 Canada

Brig Henry

tel: 604-254-4171 fax: 604-254-5171

Descr: Market Leader in Marine CAD/CAM and Customized Load Planning Software.

Products: Autoship Pro, Autohydro Pro, Autostructure, Production Manager, Autoplate, Autopower, Autoload


Itäinen Rantakatu 72

Turku, - 20810 Finland

Matti Juntunen

tel: .+358-2-412 411 fax: +358-2-412 4495

Descr: Ship Design Software

Products: Ship Design Software

Creative Systems

PO Box 1910

Pt. Townsend, WA 98638 USA

Mike Roth

tel: 360-385-6212 fax: 360-385-6213

Descr: CAD/CAM Supplier

Products: CAD/CAM Supplier

Formation Design Systems

P O Box 1293

Fremantle, WA 6959 Australia

Philip Christensen

tel: +61-8-93351522 fax: +61-8-93351526

Descr: CAD software for ship design and construction

Products: Maxsurf, Hydromax, Workshop, Seakeeper, Hullspeed, Prefit

Hawaii Marine Company, Computer Aided Engineering

45-302 Makalani St.

Kaneohe, HI 96744 USA

Brian E Trenhaile

tel: 808 247-6443 fax: 808 247-6443

Descr: Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering & Drafting, Yacht Designing, Maritime Digital Photography

Products: CAD Drawings, Calculations, Submittals to USCG & ABS, Expert Witness

HydroComp, Inc.

13 Jenkins Court

Durham, NH 03824` USA Stephanie McArdle

tel: (603)868-3344 fax: (603)868-3366

Descr: The premier source for propulsion and powering software, consulting and knowledge.

Products: NavCad, PropExpert, PropCad, SwiftCraft, SwiftTrial

Napa Ltd

PO Box 322

Helsinki, - FI-00151 Finland

Mr C J Schauman

tel: +358 9 22 813 1 fax: +358 9 22 813 800

Descr: software developer

Products: NAPA system for initial and basic ship design

Proteus Engineering

345 Pier One Road, Suite 200

Stevensville, MD 21666 USA

Bruce Hays

tel: 410-643-7496, ext 3006 fax: 410-643-7535

Descr: Proteus provides the FlagShip line of ship design software, as well as specialized naval architectural services.

Products: FlagShip is a complete line of design software, including ship structures, hull fairing, stability, powering, seakeeping, maneuvering, weight estimating, and detail design.


140 Kendrick Street

Needham, MA 02494 USA

Berry Gibson

tel: 770-751-6607 x224 fax: 781-707-0417

Descr: PTC provides a complete range of software solutions for product lifecycle management. PTC`s CADDS 5i CAD/CAM software is the dominant design tool in the global naval shipbuildiing industry.

Products: CADDS 5i, Pro/ENGINEER

SPAR Associates, Inc.

927 West Street

Annapolis, MD 21401 USA

Laurent Deschamps

tel: 410-263-8593 fax: 410-267-0503

Descr: software & consulting; cost estimating services

Products: PERCEPTION: integrated shipyard management system

Yacht Design School

P.O. Box 190

Eastport, ME 04631 USA

Thomas A. MacNaughton

tel: 207-853-6678

Descr: A school of yacht and small craft naval architecture

Products: Rhino & Flamingo CAD & rendering software and training for the marine industry.

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