ShipConstructor FAQ

 

1) Is ShipConstructor easy to learn ?

Yes, Most ShipConstructor modules run inside the familiar AutoCAD program, making use of the many years of experience users have with this software. Building upon AutoCAD functions, ShipConstructor implements new functions specific for modeling ship and offshore structures. Operators of individual modules can be trained in as little as 3 days, while an overall training program for all modules requires up to a maximum of 3 weeks.

2) Can ShipConstructor be used for any size ship ?

Yes, ShipConstructor is scaleable so you can use it for vessels of any size. Whether you are an individual working on the small fishing vessel, or a large team working on a super tanker, ShipConstructor does the job. With ShipConstructor we even offer new economical solutions for the small boat builders with the structural module starting at $US 795.

3) Can I use individual modules of ShipConstructor ?

Yes, many of our customers start by using one program module at a time. You can add any module later to complete the suite.

4) Can I use virtual reality programs ?

Yes, for instance, you can use NavisWorks Publisher to read ShipConstructor drawings and fly through them. Publisher then lets you create a NWD file, which is about 10% of the DWG file size, and distribute it within your company or to outside suppliers and your customers. These files can be navigated, red-lined, and annotated using the very cost-effective Roamer module.

5) Can I use ShipConstructor on a network ?

Yes, ShipConstructor is designed to work with multiple users on the same job simultaneously.

6) Can I import data from ship design programs ?

Yes, ShipConstructor provides interfaces for DXF, IDF and IGES file formats. If you can get the data into an AutoCAD drawing, then you can export it to the desired ShipConstructor module.

7) What are the system requirements for ShipConstructor ?

Please note:

  1. For ShipConstructor, AutoCAD 2004 or newer must be installed.
  2. Hard drive space requirements for servers are per project.
  3. The following figures are for guidance only, actual requirements may vary for individual clients or servers due to project size. Please consult with ARL for details.

     

    Software ShipConstructor
    Level Level 1 - 5
    Platform Client Server
    Min/Rec Min Rec Min Rec
    Disk Space (GB) 0.50 1.0 1.0 2.0
    RAM (MB) 256 1024 256 1024
    CPU PIII, 900 MHz P4, 2.6 GHz PIII, 900 MHz P4, 2.6 GHz
           
    Software ShipConstructor
    Level Level 5 - Unlimited
    Platform Client Server
    Min/Rec Min Rec Min Rec
    Disk Space (GB) 0.50 1.0 2.0 5.0
    RAM (MB) 512 1024 512 2048
    CPU P4, 1.6 GHz P4, 2.6 GHz P4, 1.4 GHz P4, 2.6 GHz
           
    Software NC-Pyros      
    Platform Client      
    Min/Rec Min      
    Disk Space (GB) 0.10      
    RAM (MB) 128      
    CPU PII, 266 MHz      
           
    Software ShipCAM      
    Platform Client      
    Min/Rec Min      
    Disk Space (GB) 0.10      
    RAM (MB) 128      
    CPU PIII, 600 MHz      

     

8) Non-US AutoCAD mText issue?

Go to ShipConstructor/Mtext.htm