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Shipbuilding software solutions

Driving shipbuilding excellence at modern shipyards

Leverage over four decades of Cadmatic expertise in ship design and information management to manage shipbuilding complexities. Our deep industry knowledge, powered by insights from 900+ marine industry customers, ensures solutions tailored to your unique challenges. With Cadmatic, adopted by 40% of active shipyards globally, streamline your projects from concept to completion and thrive with support provided by shipbuilding experts.

Cadmatic is a key partner in the SEUS project consortium, which aims to significantly reduce engineering, assembly and construction time at European shipyards. As the project's primary technical coordinator, Cadmatic is instrumental in creating a framework for shipyards. This involves architecting and developing an integrated platform that combines CAE, CAD, CAM, and PDM software, and testing it at shipyards.

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of active shipyards use Cadmatic


new marine customers in 2023

Hull and Structural Design

From basic to detailed and production design – hull design software creates 3D models and automatically extracts accurate production data for construction parts of any complexity.

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Outfitting and Piping Design

Integrated database-driven design for P&IDs, preliminary and detailed 3D modeling, pre-outfitting and production data

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Electrical & Automation

A complete solution for your marine design and documentation needs from instrumentation and automation engineering to switchboard layout design.

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Information Management & Digital Twins

Digital Twins–driving digital transformation & data-driven shipbuilding

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Innovative data-driven solutions

Embrace the future with Cadmatic’s data-driven shipbuilding approach. Our sophisticated 3D CAD models serve as the foundation for a seamless, automated design and production cycle, enhancing efficiency, reducing manual input, and accelerating market readiness. 

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Key areas where Cadmatic offers superior value for large shipyards 

  • Speed of hull modelling

    Cadmatic is significantly faster in copying and moving model objects. It is also easier to model and modify ship hulls in Cadmatic. The mirroring functionality provided by other solutions does not deliver the same speed of modelling as Cadmatic. The copy functionality in Cadmatic is also superior, delivering easier rotation and moving of objects in all directions. Object grouping is also more flexible in Cadmatic.

  • Hull Viewer

    Cadmatic’s Hull Viewer is intuitive and extremely easy to use. It boasts excellent bi-directional integration with hull drawings. The Hull Viewer is fully integrated into CADMATIC Hull, giving the engineer the flexibility to work in 2D or 3D depending on the situation. In other solutions, the engineer needs to work either in 2D or 3D.

  • Shell Module

    Superior Shell module for creation and modification of seams & butts (hull lines) and shell plates. Much faster than other solution providers, which is complicated and requires specialists and more manual inputs. In Cadmatic, no manual work is required, and all seams & butts and shell plates are topological i.e., changes in one element are reflected in the other elements. If seams & butts are placed in good locations, shell plates can be created with a single click in Cadmatic!

  • Automatic Views

    In Cadmatic, views are automatically created. In other solutions, all views need to be created manually. You can request the system to generate automatic views and the content of the view is always up to date with the latest data. Cadmatic also includes a steel design mode where the system automatically makes the view of an instance and does not save the data. The user clicks on a part that he/she wants to change in hull viewer or in the view itself, and then the user can move rapidly from one view to another. This is a very powerful feature in the basic design phase.

  • Bevels on relation

    If a relation is composed of several relations, Cadmatic can assign the bevel to the right relation. In a similar scenario for the other solutions, it does not have this capability and assigns the bevel to the entire relation. The Cadmatic system is rule-based, which means it follows engineering rules and puts the bevels in the correct place. The system is fully automatic and ensures that plate contours fit different bevel definitions. This feature comes fully integrated with CADMATIC Hull and is not a separate add-on. In other systems, manual work is required to assign bevels to the right relation.

  • Undo feature

    Cadmatic has a handy undo feature to quickly undo actions. In other systems, there is no undo

    button. The user must manually simulate this action by copy-pasting and running scheme files again.

  • Automated assembly work breakdown

    Cadmatic features automated assembly work breakdown out of the box, which speeds up and improves the accuracy of assembly. This feature is missing from other solutions, which means that it has to be done manually.

  • Pipe routing

    In other outfitting products, the head and tail of pipes need to be defined per pipe. Only after this time-consuming task is done can routing commence. In Cadmatic, routing can start immediately, and the flow direction is also automatically assigned.

  • Cable routing

    Cadmatic’s cable routing system automatically generates a nodal network with all possible connections and penetrations. It also automatically identifies the shortest route. In other solutions, manual work is required to define how cables are connected. Cadmatic’s jumping rules ensure automatic cable jumps between cable trays and between penetrations.

  • Work sharing (distributed engineering)

    Cadmatic’s work sharing system is significantly easier to manage. In many other solutions, the work sharing hierarchy needs to be defined at the beginning of the project and it is a complex process to make changes at short notice. Cadmatic work sharing is more flexible. New teams or designers can be added at short notice without difficulty.

  • 3D Import performance

    When importing models from other systems, the performance of Cadmatic is clearly superior. Other products slow down and navigation becomes sticky. In the Cadmatic environment, modelling continues smoothly.

  • Layout and arrangement drawings

    Cadmatic layout and arrangement drawings are more AutoCAD-like. 2D drawings are seamlessly connected with the 3D model; there is no need to use a different system for drawings and modelling. It includes automatic labelling of 2D views with easy change management.

  • P&ID – 3D

    The Cadmatic P&ID and 3D model integration is superior. The system is easy to set up and requires no extra work. Users can select components in the P&ID diagram or the 3D model, in each case both the model and diagram are updated. AutoCAD-like object handling also eases modifications.

    The Cadmatic system is very robust and stable, even if designers or teams are not familiar with the software. Other solutions are less robust and prone to freezing or crashing if unusual or incorrect procedures are followed or the wrong commands are given by inexperienced users.

  • Visual appearance

    Cadmatic’s strong visual appearance and realistic views facilitate working in the 3D environment. Shadows assist in assessing the proximity of objects and the cursor color changes when moving through different objects, making it easier to follow.

Trusted by industry leaders

Our clients, including Meyer Shipyards and DAMEN, testify to the transformative impact of Cadmatic on their operations, highlighting significant efficiency gains and improved project quality.

"After using Cadmatic for more than three years I am convinced that it is the best choice for our complex and extreme scale ship projects. Our partnership with Cadmatic is a key element in our journey to the next level of data-driven shipbuilding"

Jan Meyer

CEO, Meyer Shipyards

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"With eShare, the production supervisors can use touchscreen tablets to access production drawings, spool and ISO drawings, project planning and the building strategy. eShare is also linked to our ERP system so all the required information contained in drawings and details about purchasing and project progress are available with a single click. This is very useful and saves time."

Arun Sidharthan

Lead Engineer, Damen Shipyards

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"The link between CADMATIC eShare and nesting software means we can see exactly what parts have been imported and cut. Everyone can check the progress without the need to request this information from elsewhere. We also can see the Lloyd inspection number of the plate"

Paul Buijs

CADMATIC Hull Administrator, Scheepswerf SLOB

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"Cadmatic has enabled us to advance to a much higher level of 3D design maturity earlier in the project. The high level of data integration between 2D drawings, 3D model, and the parts library has resulted in fewer quality problems and more effective data management."

Adam Law

P.Eng CEng MIMechE, Chief Engineer, Multi Purpose Vessels, Seaspan

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"After changing to Cadmatic we are 30% more efficient on our ship design projects. The concurrent engineering system allows us to run 10 concurrent projects with the same resources that before could only handle 7 concurrent projects."

Burak Anik

Design Manager, Tersan Shipyard

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The CADMATIC eShare digital twin platform is revolutionizing how shipyards think about and use design, production, and operational ship information. eShare’s powerful information linking, visualization and sharing leads to faster and more accurate decision-making.

It provides support for the flow of information at any project stage, facilitates production and installation, and improves communication. The independent web-based portal can link, visualize, and share any ship-related information via the 3D model.

  • Bridge information flow gaps between engineering and production
  • Ensure installation teams have equipment weight information
  • Plan installation packages
  • Communicate effectively between design and production in the shipbuilding network
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