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Intergraph Releases New Version of SmartMarine 3D Software for Offshore and Ship Design

Intergraph® has released the new version of its SmartMarine® 3D enterprise engineering and manufacturing software with expanded automation capabilities to further increase design quality, consistency, productivity and accelerate project schedules.

SmartMarine 3D is the rule-based design and fabrication component of Intergraph’s SmartMarine Enterprise software portfolio that enables offshore platform providers, fabricators and shipbuilders to increase their productivity by 20%-35%, compared with traditional systems. The software offers a multidiscipline, integrated, worksharing-enabled environment for the modular design of structures, piping, equipment, HVAC and electrical modelling with automated detailing drawing capabilities.

The newest version of SmartMarine 3D further increases productivity with enhanced rule-based design automation capabilities. Graphical programming capabilities, referred to as ‘geometric constructions’ enable the efficient definition of complex elements and structures based on engineering, construction and manufacturing rules. Once defined, the geometric constructions can be applied to other similar situations in the model. With Intergraph’s patented associativity engine, the geometric construction will be fully adapted to the new situation using other objects as input parameters, saving time and preserving design integrity.

The new features in SmartMarine 3D also include expanded multi-3D model referencing and model data reuse capabilities. SmartMarine 3D now can reference external data from many sources for visualisation, clash detection and routed systems connections. Supported formats include PDS, PDMS, ACIS (.sat), MicroStation (dgn. V7 and V8), AutoCAD (.dwg) and Intergraph SmartPlant Review (.vue). This capability is very powerful when undertaking repeated 3D designs or for joint venture projects where multiple companies may be using different design products.

Often in offshore structure and shipbuilding buildups, the elements created are treated as single entities during the pre-FEED and FEED phase, but are separated into independent parts at the detail design and manufacturing stage. By using the advanced design, planning and manufacturing capabilities of SmartMarine 3D, users can bring these new features all the way from design to manufacturing without remodelling. This ensures consistency of designs and as-built situations, which improves the overall quality as well as the productivity of the project.

For extended model data reuse, SmartMarine 3D can copy 3D data within a model or to another model while maintaining relationships within the design. Entire modules or even units of a platform or vessel can be replicated with all their associated intelligence, reducing valuable engineering design effort while accelerating project schedules.

Other notable expanded capabilities of the newest version of SmartMarine 3D include:

  • Grid system enhancements
  • Enhancements to geometric constructions and advanced plate systems
  • Additions to rule-based gaps
  • Manufacturing of closed cross-sections
  • Automated rule-based drawing enhancements
  • Splitting of buildups
  • Rule-based tubular connections (CANS)

“SmartMarine 3D is the only new-generation 3D solution specifically developed for the offshore and marine industry. The industry no longer has to rely on old, limited systems with limited and proprietary technology. Now, clients can take advantage of this technology to bring productivity into their business and enhance global competitiveness,” said Patrick Holcomb, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine executive vice president.

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