The ShipConstructor Manager allows administrators and experienced designers to create user and group permissions, adjust project settings, build central stock catalogs and define standards, parametric standards and reusable standard assemblies. Changes are made through a tightly controlled process and are stored in a secure Microsoft SQL Server central database which gives administrators peace of mind. Any changes are automatically reflected throughout the model and all production documents.
Hull combines proven ShipCAM surfacing technology with new smart surface objects and the simplicity of working inside of AutoCAD. This brings together the best of two worlds, allowing for easy and intuitive creation and manipulation of complex surface models in Hull while also allowing the freedom to use standard AutoCAD drafting techniques.
Hull provides powerful features such as surface-surface intersection, surface trimming, plate expansion, structural section definition, shell expansion, shell stringer definition, offset book printing, and pin jig drawing generation. The data designed in the external hull production model flows freely into the Structure module.
Structure combines 3D structural production detailing with the ease of 2D drafting. With the introduction of the DDROM in ShipConstructor 2008, ShipConstructor users now enjoy the benefit of both parametric and associative structure modeling. Individual drafters working in planar groups develop a 3D product model and logical relationships while using basic AutoCAD functionality. Structure has many shipbuilding specific CAD features such as dynamic stiffener cutouts in plates, automatic stiffener marking, plate flanges, standard brackets and much more.
Pipe is a complete production detailing package for pipe systems. Pipe modeling is based on a parametric catalog of pipe and hanger stocks and standards with logical connections between parts in the model. A powerful constraint based modeling system allows intuitive changes to parts in a piping system while intelligently modifying connected parts. Pipe spools can be defined which are carried over into production for the creation of spool drawings.
Similar to the Pipe module, HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) integrates with all of the other ShipConstructor modules and encourages collaboration between departments. HVAC can be based on a parametric catalog of stocks or can be driven by on-the-fly item creation depending on the clients needs. The software employs the same constraint based modeling engine used in ShipConstructor Pipe.
WeldManagement is a full production and management system for structural welds in ShipConstructor. This module provides the ability to fully custom weld symbols and standards as well as the ability to develop a weld schedule for each particular project. Once welds have been defined in the project (including automatic identification and weld path generation) weld information can automatically be included in ShipConstructor production output like 3D assembly drawings. Changes to the model and welds will flag each affected production drawing as out-of-date, and allow you to automatically update on demand.
The Penetrations Module allows the creation of intelligent penetrations through structural members. The parametric spec-based penetration standards support many powerful features such as multi-pipe (and HVAC) penetrations and penetration accessory items. Each penetration is required to go through an approval process which is controlled by the user permissions system in ShipConstructor. Both penetration standards and the approval process serve to reduce costs by minimizing costly rework due to avoidable errors.
ShipConstructor Equipment provides the ability to insert any type of equipment item into a ShipConstructor model. The equipment items can be modeled in almost any modeling software, including directly in AutoCAD, and then incorporated into the ShipConstructor database. At this point HVAC and Pipe connections are added as well as production specific attribute information. Once standards have been defined they are ready to be placed in the model
PipeSupports offers parametric design of supports based on standard industry supports. Supports are associated with pipe and pipe hangers as well as foundation structure to constrain and automatically adapt to design changes as the project progresses. The ability to generate support fabrication drawings linked to the model using Associative DWG technology provide a smooth transition from engineering to production.
ShipConstructor Electrical is a 3D modeling and production system for wireways, cable trays, supports, cables and transits. An associative 3D model connects allocated space to individual wireways, cable trays, supports and subsequent cables. Associative production documentation can also be generated from the model including cable pull schedules and reports. The cables within the model are automatically routed within the ShipConstructor environment according to EMC ratings, minimum bend radius and more. Note, the features described will become available in ShipConstructor 2013 R2.
The ProductHierarchy module is ShipConstructor's hub for production preparation. The build strategy is the primary product hierarchy, which defines the assembly sequence for the project. Every part produced in each of the various modules has a place in the Build Strategy. Planning and scheduling departments define the Build Strategy to optimize the logical sequence of assembly based on production capabilities together with need-by and procurement dates. ShipConstructor users report tremendous cost savings generated by implementing a better production planning process. All ShipConstructor production output functions are driven by the Build Strategy, allowing for near-automatic generation of production drawings and ease of work during such processes as just-in-time nesting.
WorkShare is a suite of tools & products to facilitate collaboration and the reuse of existing work. Capabilities include the ability to reuse targeted portions of existing 3D models, the ability to reuse entire blocks or systems along with the associated assembly information and production drawings, and the ability to implement distributed design on an entire project. WorkShare gives access to two products: WorkShare Project and WorkShare Design.
WorkShare Project allows work on a single ShipConstructor project model at multiple locations using technology to merge distributed design back into a single ShipConstructor project. This empowers ShipConstructor users to leverage other company units or subcontractors to utilize diverse skill sets and increase industry competitiveness through aggressive production design schedules. WorkShare Project tools, in combination with software permissions, allow the project lead to allocate responsibility for portions of the model to distributed design resources while maintaining control of the project and final design.
WorkShare Design is part of the WorkShare suite for use with ShipConstructor. WorkShare Design allows users to leverage large portions of design work from a previous project. This is achieved by intelligently capturing the model information in a single compressed package which can then be deployed in other projects. From this intelligent package, a user can select which sections of the project will be imported. The catalog, model drawings, production drawings, and their associations and relationships are then rolled into the chosen project. Unlike WorkShare Project, once combined through WorkShare Design, the two projects and their data are independent.
ShipConstructor provides a flexible, powerful tool for generating non-graphical production information. The Report module allows for the definition of complex production detail reports that can be generated from the central project database on demand. With advanced features such as grouping, sorting, summary fields and full control over the visual aspects of the report, this tool provides the means to extract the information required for the entire team. Any report can be exported to formats such as Microsoft Excel for further calculation and analysis.
ManualNest is tightly integrated into the central database, providing features to nest by assembly, stock, material, surface treatment, port/starboard, like/mirror cut, and full remnant control. Parts changes after nesting can be easily located and re-nested any time, ensuring error-free production. Automatic Nest allows you to automatically nest all plate parts; then use ManualNest to further optimize the results.
ProfileNest performs linear nesting of profiles onto available stock to optimize utilization and streamline production, including available and used stock control, heat number tracking, and full production reports. Nests can be marked as issued and cut. Any item on such nests are now locked in the product model.
NC-Pyros reliably creates NC-Code for any type of NC-cutting machine, oxy-fuel, plasma, laser, water-jet, or router. The integration with the product model automatically feeds back important information, such as estimated cutting time, processing date, and operator name, completing report data and simplifying any recalls.
NC-Pyros-Bevel allows for adding variable angle cut and multi-torch weld preparation to NC-Pyros.
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On a big vessel, you can save several thousand man hours over doing it with other software which is not capable of being able to generate as much data.
Mr. Roel Carboex, Manager, Engineering Dept., Etlink's Scheeps en Jachwerf B.V., The Netherlands. User since 2002.
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