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ExpressMarine Interface to ShipConstructor

- giving you a modelling speed revolution!

Rapid conceptual structural design is the hallmark of the ExpressMarine plug-in for Rhino. Using parametrics, ExpressMarine models decks, bulkheads, floors, frames, stiffeners, and cutouts very quickly, with automated updates as parameters change. The location of structure can be specified in various ways, including by linking to a 2D General Arrangement drawing. The result is an unprecedented modelling speed and an associative topology giving you such a high flexibility to adapt to design changes that it almost makes you welcome them.

 

Now, with the new interface in ExpressMarine Version 3, you can initialize your ShipConstructor project by modelling the vessel's structure in ExpressMarine and exporting the result to ShipConstructor, saving numerous hours of work. Did we say fast? Early testing shows that by using ExpressMarine to initialize your ShipConstructor model, 300 hours of work can be reduced to just 20!

 Thanks to the ease of integrating with ShipConstructor, we are able provide a seamless experience that combines the benefits of both ExpressMarine and ShipConstructor. The ShipConstructor model appears as if it was modelled in ShipConstructor from scratch, including planar groups, drawings and properties, all ready for you to continue your work and potentially saving you hundreds of hours of manual modelling. Integrating with a shipbuilding specific platform allows us to pass through the industry specific level of information ExpressMarine users require, improving the combined functionality of both solutions.

Model your vessels main objects superfast in ExpressMarine

Open the project in ShipConstructor and find it as if it was created here from scratch

Objects are exported and created as ShipConstructor objects with labels, logical connections, thickness and stock information

How does it work?

In ExpressMarine, model your vessel as normal.  If your stiffener ID in ExpressMarine differ from the stiffener ID of the corresponding stiffener in ShipConstructor, make sure you add the ShipConstructor stiffener ID to the stiffener definition in ExpressMarine.

 

In example, if the ExpressMarine stiffener is called HP120x7 while it is defined as HP120x07 (x07 instead of x7), the ShipConstructor ID must be added as shown below:

The only preparation you need to do in ShipConstructor is to start a new project and save it.  Leave it empty.  The project must also be “Enterprise Platform Enables” (Go to ShipConstructor Manager, then select “Enterprise Platform” menu and “Upgrade project!

When this is done, you are ready to export the model from ExpressMarine to ShipConstructor.

In ExpressMarine, select the topnode (1) in the treeview, then the “Export to ShipConstructor” tabsheet (2).  Fill in the ShipConstructor server name (3), the project name (4) as well as the ShipConstructor username (5) and password (6).

Next, set your ShipConstructor license server details (7).  Finally, hit the “Export” button (8) and wait for the export to finish.

You project should now be ready to open in ShipConstructor.  In ShipConstructor, you can use the Navigator to find the exported objects and open/create the dwg files.

 

Requirements

ExpressMarine 3.0 or later, ShipConstructor 2020 R1.1 or later, and ShipConstructor EP license.

 

Known bugs

Occasionally ShipConstructor may crash in the process of creating the dwg file.  Reopening ShipConstructor and trying again usually solves the problem.

Occasionally, exported stiffeners may not be logically attached to the plate.