2. ShipWeight Basics

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2. ShipWeight Basics

The ShipWeight Basic part of the User's Guid provides an in-depth walkthrough of key functionalities within ShipWeight. From project creation to data manipulation, reporting, and documentation, each chapter offers detailed insights and practical instructions. Whether you're a novice user or seeking to refine your skills, this guide will empower you to navigate ShipWeight efficiently and leverage its powerful features. Let's dive into the chapter summaries to explore the wealth of knowledge awaiting you.


2.1 Starting ShipWeight

Get familiar with the login process, default settings, and intuitive features. This chapter introduces the main window layout, emphasizing navigation enhancements and informative icons, along with essential functions available through the extended submenu.


2.2 Creating a New Project

Learn how to initiate a project in ShipWeight, covering crucial fields like Database ID, Project ID, and optional parameters. Discover the significance of Database and Project IDs, and get a detailed overview of fields like Parent ID, Name, Owner, Main Type, and more.


2.3 Enter Parameter Values

This chapter explains parameter manipulation in ShipWeight. Explore various paths to access the Parameters window and learn about special features for calculated parameters, allowing for direct input or calculation. An example with Displacement [t] illustrates the process.


2.4 Opening an Existing Project

Get step-by-step guidance on accessing previously created projects in ShipWeight. Learn how to select servers and databases for a seamless process of opening desired projects.


2.5 Moving through the Hierarchy

Master the art of navigating weight groups in ShipWeight. Expand and collapse the tree view efficiently to access specific weight groups. Gain valuable insights into the logic of weight summarization for informed decision-making in data organization.


2.6 Adjust Total in the Main Window

Discover how to use the "Adjust Total..." functionality to modify weight and Center of Gravity in the weight breakdown structure displayed in the Main Window. Get a step-by-step explanation for efficient adjustment of total weight and its distribution within the structure.


2.7 Finding the Right Weight Group

Understand two methods for locating the right weight group for storing information. Learn about SFI-search using SFI numbers and Index-search using descriptive text. Emphasis is placed on selecting the correct top node for the search.


2.8 Global Filter
Learn to utilize global filters in ShipWeight effectively for managing different loading conditions. Follow a step-by-step example to create filters for specific scenarios like lightship, full load, and minimum load. See how these filters refine information for better analysis and calculations, applying across various functions in ShipWeight.

2.9 The Item Window: Entering Weight Information

Explore the versatile Item Window in ShipWeight, used for adding and editing weight items. Learn about the top toolbar, single-record view, table view, and totals section. The chapter provides functions like undo, filtering, sorting, and efficient navigation options for seamless item management.


2.10 Playground Area and Workset

Discover how the Playground Area in ShipWeight offers a controlled environment for modifying, adding, or removing weight data without affecting the main project. Understand how changes only impact calculations and outputs when transferred back to the project. Learn about the two modes of operation - with or without Worksets. The chapter explains how the interface mirrors the Items window, and provides insights on customizing its color for easy identification.


2.11 Making the Project Ready for Export to the Historical Database

Before exporting a project to the historical database in ShipWeight, it's crucial to review both the weight data and parameters. This chapter emphasizes the importance of this step to ensure all necessary information is included for future estimations and analyses.


2.12 Exporting to the Historical Database

Learn how to export a project to the historical database within ShipWeight.  Crucial details like ship information, weights, centers of gravity, extensions, parameter values, and equipment information are pre-selected for export. Customize the reference name as needed, then click "Export" to save the project. This ensures comprehensive data is accessible for future estimations and analyses.


2.13 Log Activities and Results

Unlock the powerful documentation capabilities offered by ShipWeight. Learn to record and organize essential notes alongside weight information using the log feature. Understand how to timestamp entries, attribute them to specific users, and access features for editing, deleting, and printing logs. This chapter provides a comprehensive guide to meticulous record-keeping and streamlined project management.


2.14 Adding Comments to Specify Weight Groups

Gain a comprehensive understanding of leveraging the Comment window feature within ShipWeight. Learn how to precisely link logging information to specific weight groups, streamlining documentation processes. The chapter explains the process of selecting the relevant weight group, retrieving current weight and CG values, adding notes, and seamlessly incorporating weight group-specific documentation. This organized approach proves invaluable for generating detailed reports.


2.15 Reports and Documentation

Explore the rich array of reporting options in ShipWeight. This chapter provides a comprehensive guide on utilizing diverse reporting functionalities for effective project documentation. Learn to generate weight reports, summary reports, and custom reports tailored to specific project needs. Additionally, discover how to customize report layouts and export them in various formats for easy sharing. This chapter empowers users to maximize the reporting tools in ShipWeight for efficient and thorough project documentation.