2002 SUPPORTS FAST FERRY CONSTRUCTION
Rodriquez has used ShipConstructor software since 1996 : pictured
is the stern arrangement on 115m Federico Garcia Lorca.
to Design Systems & Technologies (DS&T), the latest ShipConstructor
2002 release offers the first - and to date only - fully integrated
PC ship product-modelling and building software system to fast
ferry industry. The software was developped by Albacore Research,
based in Canada, with 10 years of co-operation from French companies
DS&T and Intersection design.
highlights the following projects that have been designed and/or
produced with ShipConstructor :
- all Rodriquez-built
ferries and patrol craft since 1996
vessel designed by UK-based Nigel Gee & Associates, including
the 72m/35.5-knot catamaran for the State of Alaska Marine
Highway Systems, being built at US yard Derecktor ; a 47m
SES ; and several other high speed ferries
- a superyacht
being built by the US yard Trinity marine.
2002 is an AutoCAD application, wich uses an SQL database as its
principal foundation. DS&T says that substantial development
was undertaken to render the database fully transparent and within
any draftsman's reach. The integration of elements such as structure
and piping, allow for accurate pre-outfitting and the exact management
of material and parts requirements.
its 2002 release, ShipConstructor 2002 has been enhanced with
linear nesting (profile extrusions and piping) ; a variable setting
automatic plate-nesting algorithm; remnant and stock management
; a stand-alone build strategy module ; and a database-enabled
'fly-through' module developed in co-operation with LightWorks
Design, based in th UK.
latest ship being completed using this software is an Aquastrada
TMV 84 : an all-aluminium vessel produced at Rodriquez yard in
Pietra Ligure, Italy. It is designed to carry passengers/cars/trucks
at 39 knots, and was built by six independent companies at the
yard, sharing cutting machines and the covered assembly facilities
for several months. The TMV 84's hull was built alongside fourteen
25m fast patrol craft that were also modelled in ShipConstructor.
Work on a second TMV is already underway for a Jordanian operator,
and delivery is scheduled for early April 2003.
says that having the model in the user-friendly ShipConstructor/AutoCAD
environment proves fundamental in implementing successful concurrent
engineering and just-in-time delivery of NC cutting information
and production documentation.