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Marine Design Workshop: Orca3D + ExpressMarine

Marine Design Workshop: Orca3D + ExpressMarine by Stéphane Dardel


July 11-13, 2018
10.00h – 18.00h
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)


A 3-day Orca3D + ExpressMarine workshop, co-organized by McNeel Europe and Nick Danese Applied Research sarl, will be held 11-13 July at McNeel Europe’s Barcelona offices.

Orca3D is Rhino’s naval architecture plug-in for hull design, hydrostatics and intact stability, performance prediction and weight tracking.


ExpressMarine, now in its version 2, enables ship designers to rapidly build-up parametric 3D models of marine structures. The main advantages of the plug-in are a dramatic reduction of the modeling time, but more essentially to allow developing the 3D structural model very early in the design process.

In this three-day workshop participants acquire an in-depth understanding of the scopes of Orca3D and ExpressMarine, and are taken through a number of hands-on exercises, going from initial hull design, foundations of fairing technics, hull fairness assessment, hydrostatics and stability checks, to creating a parametric structural model with ExpressMarine. The workshop is the occasion to discover the synergy offered by these complementary plug-ins, for example through the automatic update of the structural model from an update Orca3D hull form.


Day 1

  • Orca3D Properties

  • Rhino refresher: modeling aids, Gumball, geometry edition.

  • Hull assistants

  • Foundations of modeling and fairing techniques

  • NURBS theory

  • Point control

  • Surface analysis


Day 2

  • Hydrostatic calculations

  • Stability with criteria verification

  • Performance Prediction

  • Weight tracking

  • Orca3D to ExpressMarine

  • ExpressMarine modeling environment and GUI

  • Modelling: Start from scratch


Day 3

  • Shell node

  • Stiffeners

  • Cutouts and openings

  • Custom objects

  • Outputs

  • Interface to ShipWeight


Course Requirements

Although opened to all, the course is more directly intended for ship designers/ naval architects, whether professional or academic.
A reasonable proficiency with Rhino3D is expected from participants. Any modern PC running Rhino3D version 6 will be ok in the context of the training workshop. 


Software licenses

Orca3D and ExpressMarine licenses can be provided free of charge for the duration of the training. 


Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT). Full-time students, university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment is cleared.

Maximum Number of Participants: 10 participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Language: English

Registration: To register, please contact

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