Welcome to the Ship Structure Detail Design User's Guide. This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the Ship Structure Detail Design Version 5 product.

This overview provides the following information:

Ship Structure Detail Design in a Nutshell

Version 5 Ship Structure Detail Design provides a set of tools for structure designers who must complete their functional design and carry out their detailed design.

The overall ship design project goes through a number of different phases from conceptual design through functional and detail design to extraction of deliverables. This product addresses detail design requirements for the shipbuilding industry. In particular, it lets you:

  • Split your functional design into blocks
  • Add secondary structures
  • Capture functional connectivity and physically implement connections by means of piece parts and joints
  • Create design features such as endcuts, slots, cutouts, etc.
  • Capture weld joint locations and efficiency
  • Generate plates and shapes to initiate the manufacturing view.

Ship Structure Detail Design makes wide-scale use of knowledgeware capabilities to implement connections and create design features. It includes tools that speed up the design process, such as the ability to rapidly copy small repetitive assemblies or to quickly subdivide a large part into the separate plates from which it would be fabricated as well as sample catalogs of slots, endcuts and small assemblies.

All Ship Structure Detail Design commands share a consistent Windows graphical interface which reduces training time and greatly increases ease of use.

As a scalable product, Ship Structure Detail Design can be used with other Version 5 products such as Generative Shape Design, Generative Drafting and knowledgeware products.

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this book, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. We therefore recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products.

You may also like to read the following complementary product guides, for which the appropriate license is required:

  • Generative Shape Design User's Guide
  • Generative Drafting User's Guide.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step tutorial Getting Started. This tutorial will let you get acquainted with the product.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Task section of this guide. This steps you through basic procedures and includes useful tips for getting the most out of the product.

The Workbench Description, which describes the Ship Structure Detail Design-dedicated toolbar will also certainly prove useful. A Glossary of terms specific to Ship Structure Detail Design and a Reference Information section for administrators have also been included in this guide.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.