SSI 2021 Released – Connecting Digital Shipbuilding and the Shop Floor

Every release, we introduce improvements that make it easier for shipbuilders to solve the business challenges they face and let our users complete the task at hand faster, more accurately, and with more information. For SSI 2021, we turned our focus towards automating key activities to reduce the amount of work required on the shop floor, improving change management with sister ships, and risk mitigation.

On the shop floor, any way to make the most common actions easier or more accurate adds up to substantial time savings. Plate marklines are critically important for getting welds right and speeding up construction, every time one is incorrect or inaccurate, it means more re-work to get it right. By introducing an automatic process for adding marklines, there is less opportunity for human error, and the entire process takes fewer labor hours than before.

When multiple hulls are involved, every individual challenge is compounded. The more that is re-used across sister ships, the more significant the time savings. For SSI 2021, we’ve made our existing WorkShare Transfer feature more robust, by now allowing for plate nests, profile nests, and space allocation groups to be transferred and used across hulls.

Another area we focused on with this release was risk mitigation. Lifting and turning are some of the most dangerous activities that happen in a shipyard, any improvement that can be made to the safety of these operations is essential to implement. We’ve improved the data entry workflow when inputting material grades, mitigating the possibility of calculating an inaccurate weight.

Detailed Enhancements

All of the above enhancements stand alongside the ability to trim non-twisted stiffeners and faceplates to plate parts, annual platform upgrade, numerous user experience improvements, and many quality of life enhancements. You can see a detailed list of the changes we made below, but as always, make sure to join our webinar or watch the recording to ask the team behind the development of these features any questions you may have.

Trim Non-Twisted Stiffeners and Faceplates to Plate Parts

ShipConstructor 2021 now allows you to trim your non-twisted stiffeners and faceplates to plate parts to improve your stiffener trims workflow. This new feature reduces human error when you define custom trim planes to trim your stiffener to your desired side of a plate part.


  • A new trim type “Part Plane” is available for selection in the trim window.
  • You will be able to select a plate from a native drawing, M- Link, or Partviews to which you want to trim your non-twisted stiffeners.
  • A plane selector will allow you to select the plane of the Plate Part.

Automated Plate to Plate Marklines

In ShipConstructor 2021, you can now add marklines of a plate to another plate automatically using the contact path, meaning marklines no longer have to be added manually. The automation of this process results in less work at every stage and more accuracy on the shop floor.

  • Use the existing “Add Objects” function to select both target and marker plate and automatically generate markline with your choice of markline styles.
  • Generate marklines that will have the markside, throw direction, NC Process, and Part name of the marker plate added to it automatically.
  • Select standard plates as marker plates.
  • Select a marker plate in a different drawing using M-Link and Partviews.
  • Select a target plate and multiple marker plates in one operation.
  • Edit the markline style and its details from “Edit Component.”

Transfer Plate and Profile Nests between Projects

Like other WorkShare Transfer features, this synchronizing feature allows for the creation, updating, and deletion of plate and profile nests. Nest drawings are used as the entry point to transfer plate nests, meaning all nests within that drawing are synchronized.

Export and Import Space Allocations Groups

Space Allocation Groups are Catalog items, and can now be imported for re-use across projects. When creating a new project from an XML file or .PRO, Space Allocation Groups will be imported during the new project creation.

ProductHierarchy Collapse/Expand Sub-Tree

The ProductHierarchy dialog now supports the ability to expand and collapse selected entries in the ProductHirarchy. This allows you to choose one or more entries and automatically open them along with all their Sub- Trees for more straightforward navigation of complex product hierarchy environment.

Updated Dialogs and Context Menus

Updated styling has been applied to a large number of windows and their grid views to present a more consistent user interface as well as user experience. This includes a consistent theme across these dialogs as well as updated icons /glyphs when present. In addition, all the grids of that styling now offer identical context menu functionality.

UDA Editor Export

Within the UDA Editor Palette, you may now export the list of User Defined Attributes. The Export will save the full set of currently visible UDAs. This allows you to load the required set of UDAs through the Load Manager and then gives you the flexibility to sort or filter the resulting list. The export functionality in the ribbon generates a .TSV file which is easily accessible through Excel or similar applications.

Additions to Dynamic Property Definitions for Labelling

In this release we have added the following new fields available as Dynamic Property Definitions to Property Labels to provide you with more flexibility in labeling:

  • Accessory items on accessory packages.
  • End3 End Treatment and End4 End Treatment for Pipe and HVAC.
  • End3 Profile and End4 Profile for HVAC.

Material Grade Input Improvement

The data entry workflow when inputting material grades has been improved, mitigating the possibility of an inaccurately calculated weight. The result is that now:

  • It is required to enter a material grade value rather than use a default​.
  • A warning message is now displayed, and the user is required to enter a value​.

Platform Upgrades

Autodesk Products

SSI 2021 is compatible with the latest releases from Autodesk including:

  • AutoCAD 2021/2020 /2019 (Vanilla, Mechanical and Plant3D editions).
  • Navisworks 2021/2020 /2019 (Simulate and Manage versions).

Microsoft SQL Server Products

There have been several changes to the supported versions of SQL Server:

  • No longer supports SQL Server 2014 Full and Express editions.
  • Now supports SQL Server 2019 Full and Express editions.
  • The SSI installer now includes SQL Server 2017 Express.

Operating Systems

Windows 7 is no longer a supported workstation Operating System by Microsoft and Autodesk products.

InnovMarine offers Remote ShipConstructor Training (PACME–COVID-19)

The Government of Quebec has introduced a program which aims to provide direct support to businesses experiencing a reduction in their activities, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the self-employed.

This program offers reimbursement of eligible expenses for business training projects as follows: 100% of expenses of $100,000 or less; 50% of expenditures between $100,000 and $500,000.

In response, InnovMarine is moving quickly to support our customers by offering a distance learning program of training for ShipConstructor. See attached 1-page brochure outlining our Certified ShipConstructor Training courses.

Please feel free to contact William to let us know of your interest and if possible, provide the following information:

  1. How many you would like to enroll.
  2. Availability of students (when, how long).
  3. Which courses are of interest.

ExpressMarine 4.1 Released – A fresh approach on parametric modeling

Prioritizing efficiency, ExpressMarine allows the use of parametric and non-parametric elements in the same model, thus minimizing the disadvantages of the fully parametric approach, where modelling time is wasted on thorough definitions of certain parameters which may never be used later.

For this new ExpressMarine release, below are some of the Enhancement/fixes compared to the previous versions.

Force Full Model Update

‘Force full model update’ no longer creates geometry in nodes not previously ‘Applied’ by user.

Update model

Objects in need of update marked in tree. This can also allow the user to update a specific block without updating the entire model.

Search Function

Keeping in mind our goal of increasing productivity, the search function allow the user to quickly find an item without having to search in the tree.

Running ShipConstructor Remotely for Home Office Access

COVID-19 | Supporting your Business

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting communities and families around the world, this is a difficult time for all of us. At InnovMarine, our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners. It is important to us to support how you continue to do business during this time of uncertainty.  

Accessing ShipConstructor from home. 

SSI has created the following knowledge base article that details options for remotely connecting to workstations for use with ShipConstructor: Running ShipConstructor Remotely

One thing that SSI has switched to in recent months is to use a Remote Desktop Gateway. This bypasses the need to allow external users into your network via VPN. It is more secure and has better performance in our experience as well. 

Setup Remote Desktop Gateway 

Please see the following article:

With this users will be able to connect to their work computers remotely. 

ShipConstructor Virtualization Performance

Also, We want to make sure you are aware of this post regarding some of SSI tests with virtualized environments, and particularly the impact of latency for some tasks.


Reimagine Rapid Modeling of Ship Structures in Rhino

Live Webinar | April 2

  • Thu, Apr 2, 2020 7:00 AM ET – 8:00 AM ET
  • Thu, Apr 2, 2020 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET
  1. How to initialize an ExpressMarine model             
  2. How to create objects that are associative to 2D drawings (e.g., a General Arrangement)
  3. How to create repetitive structure through parametric and associative rules             
  4. How to create non-repetitive structure, such as stringers on the shell
  5. How to export to ShipConstructor 

In this one-hour live webinar, you will see how the ExpressMarine structural modeling plug-in for Rhino is used to rapidly create a 3D parametric model of the structure, with the ability to easily make changes that flow through the model. Beginning with a hull model, we will demonstrate how to create decks, bulkheads, floors, frames, stiffeners, cutouts, etc., with associativity and parametric rules. See instant updates of weight and center of gravity of modules and the entire ship, and export of the data to ShipWeight and a BOM. 

You’ll see how you can use your ShipConstructor stock material library while building the model, and then export a complete, attributed model to ShipConstructor, potentially saving hundreds of hours of modeling time. 

Attendees will be provided with information to download a free trial of the software and access to exclusive pricing offers.

ShipTech Forum 2020

Innovation Challenge

  • Date: February 25, 2020
  • Venue: The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Time: 11:00 Eastern Time
  • Speaker: Denis Morais, Co-CEO, SSI
  • Official Website:

A platform-of-platforms framework, combined with a connected and programmable digital twin, allows for vessel owners and operators to manage existing and future ships with a single, unified, digital-first approach. 

Merging the different worlds of digital and non-digital ships within a single strategy necessitates accepting and leveraging new digital information from future vessels, while simultaneously taking advantage of limited or non-existent data from existing ships. 

The information that does exist is currently housed across many organizations and platforms, but most importantly it is not linked together. As a result, significant manual effort is required to make it usable – increasing the time it takes to make decisions and reducing the quality of the ones that do get made.  

When combined with a collaborative visual and connected digital twin, this platform-of-platforms structure allows for information on any vessel from any source to become dynamically linked together, feed any department, and be re-used throughout the lifecycle. Bridging the gap between digital and non-digital ships in this way minimizes manual effort, fosters better decision making, and reduces overall lifetime vessel costs. 

Join Denis Morais as he presents on this concept to industry leaders at the ShipTech Forum in Ottawa this February.

InnovMarine Booth

Don’t forget to stop at the InnovMarine Booth, we will showcase SmartShape and ExpressMarine.


Visual Collaboration at the Speed of Business

SmartShape enables all stakeholders in the marine industry to visually collaborate throughout the entire lifecycle of a ship. Naval architects and marine engineers can easily and securely share design concepts with owners and classification societies.  Shipbuilders can push smart 3D models down to the manufacturing hall to enable transformational change of their build processes. Owners and operators can dramatically improve operational performance and reduce maintenance cost by providing workers with access to current, reliable as-built 3D models connected to enterprise applications such as asset management and PLM.


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.

SNAME Maritime Convention 2019

You Are Invited!

Visit InnovMarine Inc. at SMC 2019

Booth 326

Guest Pass Code: VIP111

Join us and your peers in the Expo Hall at SMC 2019. We’re happy to extend the benefits of our participation in the Convention to you! Visit our booth # 326 and learn more about what InnovMarine Inc and SNAME have to offer.

SMC 2019 is a global marketplace for everything maritime. The very latest in innovation and technical documentation from the best and brightest in the industry. All the connections you need to expand your network of experts and to enhance your career. Companies and services fueling the opportunities to grow your business.

ShipConstructor Training

Register Today

ShipConstructor Certified Training
June 3 to 14 2019

InnovMarine is pleased to announce that we will be delivering SSI Certified Training at the Institut Maritime du Québec in Rimouski during the weeks of June 3rd to 14th, 2019.

Location : 53, rue Saint-Germain Ouest, Rimouski (Québec) G5L 4B4

SSI Certified Training is a comprehensive training program designed by SSI for its ShipConstructor and EnterprisePlatform software. Students receive practical instruction and guidance through a set of hands-on realistic exercises. The pre-packaged, standardized training curriculum ensures consistent, high-quality training around the global. Certifications may be earned for various levels of proficiency and then used as evidence of competency.

ShipConstructor Certified Training Classes for this session include:

Week # 1 (From June 3rd to 7th, 2019) :

  • Pipe Catalog
  • Pipe Modeling
  • Hull & Structure Catalog
  • Structure Modeling

Week # 2 (From June 10 to 14, 2019)

  • Hull and Structure Documentation Drawings
  • Hull Modeling
  • Publisher LT
  • MarineDrafting

Course Fees:

  • Non-Student: $1,600 CAD
  • Student: $375 CAD

(proof of enrolment in a recognized secondary or post-secondary institution is required)

Class Size and Pre-Requisites 

  • The class will be limited to 12 students to maximize benefits and optimize learning.
  • Reservations booked on a “first come first serve” basis and must be confirmed with payment.
  • Students must have completed the complimentary ShipConstructor Essentials self-paced training course prior to attending. To learn more, click or contact InnovMarine for more information.

This training session is  80 hours in total; 5 days @ 8 hours per day.  Classes are conducted from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a 1 hour lunch period.

Registration and Information 

To obtain a copy of the course syllabus or to enrol in this Certified Training class, please contact us by Email, or call us at 418-838-3553 or toll-free: 1-855-660-4545