ShipConstructor Work from Home Performance Tips

Opening/Saving File Performance:
• Remove Xrefs/part views before saving, reducing time to open file/ save.

Graphics Performance:

  • Visual style to only 2D wireframe:
    1. Run command: VSCURRENT
    2. Select Option: 2dwireframe

  • Turn off Hardware acceleration:
    1. Run command: GRAPHICSCONFIG
    2. Turn off hardware acceleration
    3. Click Ok

AutoCAD Remote Desktop Tips

  • The full crosshair (100) can be quite a bit slower than a smaller setting, instead switch to the out of the box setting of 5 (Options, Display tab, Crosshair Size). [set CURSORSIZE to 5]
  • Turn off Dynamic Input in the Status Bar. [set DYNMODE to 0]
  • Turn off Selection Previews (Options, Selection tab, clear the checkmark for “When no command is active”). [set SELECTIONPREVIEW to 0]
  • Change your Automatic Save to 20 or more (Options, Open and Save tab, Automatic Save). [set SAVETIME to 20]
  • Suppress regenerations when you switch between model space and layouts (Options, System tab, Use the “Cache model tab and all layouts” option). [set LAYOUTREGENCTL to 2]
  • Save any drawings that are not used as Xrefs without layer and spatial indexes, used only by the Demand Loading feature (SAVEAS dialog, Tools > Options and then set the “indexing value” to None). [set INDEXCTL to 0] – It can slow performance and increase file sizes because you are maintaining lots of index information you may never use.
  • Type -HATCH instead of using the Hatch tool in the ribbon as the ribbon Hatch tool uses a lot of screen graphics.
  • I would also suggest not leaving the following Properties and Layers palettes “on” (or even docked). They get refreshed all the time (with each selection and when switching between drawings) and it slows things down.
  • Suppress those annoying (and slow) view transitions. [set VTENABLE to 0] Your pans and zooms will respond better. Also available via the VTOPTIONS command – uncheck all.
  • Disable ToolTips and rollover ToolTips (Options, Display tab, clear the checkmarks for Show ToolTips and Show rollover ToolTips). [set TOOLTIPS to 0 and set ROLLOVERTIPS to 0]
  • Disable Selection Cycling and Quick Properties in the Status Bar. [set SELECTIONCYCLING to 0 and set QPMODE to 0]
  • To improve performance set transparency of palettes off. [set PALETTEOPAQUE to 1]
  • When working with large drawings the automatic preview of hatches can cause performance issues. [set HPQUICKPREVIEW to 0]

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.

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.

CADLearning The BLAST

We here at Innovmarine have begun to showcase each issue of the Blast as they release.

The Blast is a media-rich, interactive magazine providing insight into the latest innovations in the 3D design, architecture, construction, engineering, and entertainment industries. CADLearning’s subject matter experts provide advice on using the latest Autodesk applications, including tips and tricks, industry trends and real world solutions to today’s design challenges. Subscriptions to The Blast are absolutely free, so why not find out what over 22,000 other Autodesk users already know? Subscribe now to receive your copy of The Blast each and every month.

See the current issue showcase here…