ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1, released from SSI, has been specifically designed to rapidly respond to emerging trends in ship design and engineering as identified by SSI's new Client Council program, the company said.
Client Council Program
"Both technology and industry requirements are evolving quickly so our clients continually need to adapt," explained SSI CTO Denis Morais. "SSI's Client Council program has been designed to address this by having focus groups of similar clients propose new features that SSI can quickly incorporate into our software. ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1 is the first of our Client Council releases and I'm pleased with how quickly things came together. Within just a few months, we hammered out an agreement, developed and tested the new functionalities requested, and have now released new features that can immediately address clients' pain points and enhance their competitiveness."
CEO Darren Larkins also weighed in, "These Client Councils are the logical next step for SSI. We have always intended our ship designing and shipbuilding products to be industry specific, reflecting the requirements ship builders ask for. As SSI has grown into a global company, those requirements sometimes differ from region to region and these Client Councils provide a level of consensus for those requirements."
The initial Client Council consisted of Vripack, Peters Shipyards, Royal Huisman, Vera Navis, Marine Technologies Ltd., BMT Nigel Gee, Mustang Marine, Skipskompetanse and Pendennis.
The group suggested several ways to enhance their productivity such as a new split plate command, a new fillet cut type for stiffener endcuts, increased pipe and HVAC connection tolerance, as well as the ability to create MarineDrafting views in other types of drawings. These features have now been incorporated into ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1.
New Split Plate Command
An emerging trend is that ShipConstructor software is being used earlier in the design process, and clients want to reuse the information at later stages in order to avoid rework and prevent errors. Therefore, ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1 now has the ability to create full panel parts and then break them into separate parts at a later stage. This allows, for example, a large plate panel to be modeled as a single plate part which could then be 100% detailed including all the datum lines, attached stiffeners, other marklines and cutouts, etc. Once the final arrangement has been completed, and just before nesting, the user can then add the most efficient seams.
New Fillet Cut type for Stiffener Endcuts
Clients also spoke about the need for a more efficient method for creating fillet endcuts, so in the EndCut Catalog, ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1 has introduced a new parametric fillet cut. This is useful, for example, when a rounded corner on a shoulder endcut is desired.
New Pipe and HVAC connection tolerance
There are many scenarios where tight tolerances are not always required in a distributed system (e.g. when dealing with large pipes) so the Client Council noted that modeling time could be reduced by loosening this requirement. Therefore, ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1 now allows for a greater tolerance in connecting pipe and HVAC parts when the ends do not line up exactly.
Ability to Create MarineDrafting Views in Other Types of Production Drawings
In a world of 3D design, 2D drawings are still widely utilized in many scenarios so in the initial release of ShipConstructor 2014, SSI launched a new product called MarineDrafting which allows the creation of 2D DWG based drawings directly from the 3D model. Accordinf to SSI, this product has proven to be so popular that the Client Council wished to expand the ways in which it could be used. Therefore, ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1 enhances the MarineDrafting functionality and introduces new workflow options by now allowing 2D MarineDrafting views directly from assembly drawings, support construction drawings, or any type of arrangement drawing.