Internal Structural Design
The Autostructure group is a comprehensive
yet easy to use set of programs for internal structure
design. Autostructure is an integral component
of our complete CAD/CAM suite, and includes an interface
with piping design software and material management
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Autostructure Key Features:
- Windows® 10 Compatible
- Sensible module setup, defining project management,
engineering, reporting and production as being separate
- Client-server database for part data storage supports
simultaneous multiple workstation access to one or
- User-defined hierarchical assembly organization
- OpenGL viewer
- Rapidly cut parts to the shell and/or each other
- Floodable lengths for bulkhead placement calculation
- Tool to define and mutually trim parts in the three
- User definable libraries of materials and extrusions
- One step panel stiffener specification
- Tool for parametric deck beam and frame design,
from sheet or extrusions
- Pillar creation tool
- Part generation by mirroring
- Copy openings and stiffeners from one panel to another
in one operation
- User definable library of bracket shapes
- Semi-automatic bracket placement
- Import any surface designed in Autoship to be a
part in Autostructure
- Sophisticated 2D part editing using AutoCAD®
- Semi-automatic interference detection and subtraction
- Automatic regeneration of affected parts after scantling
and location changes or changes to the hull shape
- Comprehensive CAD output
- Extensive reporting capabilities using Crystal
- Interface with AutoPLANT® Piping for piping design
Autostructure is used to design the internal
structure of the vessel. It consists of four modules:
System Manager, Project Manager, Autostructure
and Report Manager. The Autostructure
project is based upon a hull created in Autoship
and can optionally include shell-plating information
created in Autoplate.
Output consists of drawings, for either construction
or cutting, and various reports. Autostructure
is built on top of Microsoft® SQL Server database; it uses AutoCAD
for editing and drawing output.
Autostructure is intended to follow and augment
the design and workflow processes as carried out in
the design office and shipyard. Core to the system is
a centralized, user-expandable, Material Library
which ensures consistency of material, plate size, profile
shape and bracket design throughout all projects. Autostructure
also offers a user-definable hierarchy system to provide
a comprehensive part categorization scheme.
Autostructure works with flat plate parts, extrusions
(hull stiffeners and flat plate stiffeners), flat bars,
brackets and shell plates. Flat plate parts can be trimmed
to the hull envelope or other parts. Details developed
on one plate may be copied to other plates. Stiffeners
are assigned end treatments such as fitted, straight,
sniped or lapped plus backset distance and may be mounted
at any angle. Brackets may be selected from a user-expansible
library, or created 'on the fly'. If a part is moved
or a part's properties are modified, Autostructure
can regenerate any affected parts.
System Manager handles master database
backup/restore, system level permissions and material
Project Manager is used to create new
projects and carry out simple database operations, such
as backup, delete, etc. It can also create an archive
of a project - a compressed form of the project - for
easy transfer to a different Autostructure system.
Report Manager uses Crystal Reports
to create user-customized reports of an Autostructure
project, including weights and areas, commercial weights,
extrusion fabrication data and weld length.
Another component of the Autostructure system
is Production Manager. This deals with
nesting, stock management and other production issues.
It is documented separately.
Autostructure relies on the Microsoft SQL Server
database system to provide ultra-reliable and fast storage
and retrieval of vessel data. In a network setting,
SQL Server may be installed on one or several
computers and accessed by any workstation on the network
to allow multiple users to work simultaneously on a
project. The system immediately propagates changes made
by one user to all users working on the same project.
Any surface designed in the Autoship project
can be brought into Autostructure as a part.
The part can be trimmed and used to trim other parts.
If the original surface was extruded or developable
the part can be exported and nested in the same way
as flat sheet parts.
Any group in the Autoship .PR3 file which contains
the hull data may be incorporated into an Autostructure
project as a part. It will render and contribute to
mass and CG calculations. Other parts may be trimmed
to it. Autostructure has a direct link with AutoCAD
for editing of 2D flat parts and exporting of parts,
assemblies and cross-sections in 2D and 3D. It also
offers an interface with AutoPLANT, the piping
design program by Bentley Systems.
Autostructure can work as a single seat installation
or in a multi-user environment.The server components may be
installed on Windows Server 2005 or either of the other
supported operating systems. Each design workstation
must have AutoCAD 2008 or later. Installations of up
to 4 seats may use the supplied SQL Server version;
larger systems should be equipped with the full SQL
Server. Operating System requirements are: Windows XP Professional (32 bit), Windows Vista (business), Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate (32 or 64 bit) with latest service packs.
Pricing - For product pricing please contact
your Autoship System's Dealer
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a quote.
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AutoPLANT® is a registered trademark of Bentley