Intergraph® Expands SmartMarine® 3D Design Software Capabilities for Offshore Market

Single, integrated environment offers increased productivity to accelerate offshore projects

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 4, 2009 -- Intergraph® has released the newest version of its next-generation 3D design solution with significantly expanded offshore capabilities. SmartMarine 3D 2009 reduces engineering man-hours, improves design quality and consistency, increases data integrity and improves cross-discipline collaboration.
SmartMarine 3D 2009, a key component of Intergraph’s multidiscipline Enterprise portfolio which provides all the capabilities needed to design and build offshore devices or ships from design to fabrication to operations and maintenance – all in a single, integrated environment. It is a data-centric, rule-driven solution for streamlining design processes while preserving existing data and making it more useable/re-useable over the operation, maintenance and modification life cycle of the device. SmartMarine 3D 2009’s design reuse wizards also allows companies to inventory their best-in-class design configurations, allowing them to respond more quickly and accurately to requests for proposals and fast track project requests.

SmartMarine 3D 2009 offers additional offshore-specific functionality:

  • Rule-Based Joints - that govern joint behavior.  For example, a parametric gap between incoming members is defined as part of the rule-based joint.  This gap is then maintained by the software as the incoming members change.
  • Built-Up Members - that are defined and modified as a single member, but are actually composed of multiple plates that can be independently fabricated.
  • Advanced Plate Systems - are parametric rule-driven plates that in combination define complex nodal connections.  The Advanced Plate Systems update automatically as the incoming members change.  The whole nodal connection can be placed in the catalog for later reuse.
  • Automated Detailing - that trims bounded parts (such as tubes), places end-cuts, places chamfers, welds, and weld bevels automatically based on customizable rules.

SmartMarine 3D 2009 is a step-change in the marketplace. Where competing solutions use two or three different applications which are at best loosely coupled, SmartMarine provides a single environment to do structural, hull, piping, equipment, HVAC and electrical modeling, with automated detailing and drawings for offshore and ship design which ensures overall design consistency with high speed execution. A powerful, 2D drafting system is embedded in SmartMarine 3D 2009 which eliminates the need for third-party drafting applications.

“At COSCO Shipyard Group, we have been using SmartMarine 3D in production on numerous offshore projects,” said Mr. Liang Guoming, Deputy General Manager, Technical Center, Cosco Shipyard Group. “SmartMarine 3D is helping us achieve greater productivity and higher quality designs. The enhancements included in the newest version of SmartMarine 3D will assist us in gaining a further competitive edge during these challenging times within the marine industry.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “Intergraph has been involved in the offshore and shipbuilding industries around the world for more than 20 years. SmartMarine 3D 2009, with its impressive list of new offshore capabilities not available in any other commercial solution, builds upon our tradition of technical innovation and provides our customers real value in challenging times.”

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

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About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).  Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit

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