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The File > Import > Ship Structure command, available in the Molded Forms and Structural Detailing tasks, imports the following objects from the Tribon XML file:

Imported Tribon Object

Similar Smart 3D Object


Sketched feature\Slot (Structural Detailing)


Edge or corner feature (Structural Detailing)


Design or Planning seam (Molded Forms), Straking seam (Structural Detailing)


Opening (Molded Forms), hole (Hole Management)

Plate part

Plate part, child to plate system (Molded Forms)


Bracket (Molded Forms, Structural Detailing)

Face plate

Edge reinforcement (Molded Forms), Plate part (Structural Detailing)

Stiffener part

Profile stiffener part, child to profile stiffener system (Molded Forms)


Member (column) (Molded Forms)


Edge reinforcement (Molded Forms, Structural Detailing)

Clips(ClipNonMould, ClipMould, ClipTop)

Plate Part, Child to PlateSystem (Molded Forms), Collar Part (Structural Detailing)

The imported objects are created in a persistent system hierarchy that you cannot modify after the import. The objects are background structure used for planning and outfitting work. For more information on the imported data, see XML Data Descriptions.

You cannot copy, paste, or move imported ship structure objects in Smart 3D.

In addition to data objects, you can optionally import several grouping nodes. These nodes appear in the hierarchy on the System tab in the Workspace Explorer, but do not appear on the Assembly tab. The following grouping types of objects are available from the imported data:

  • Root Node (block)

  • Assembly Node (curved panel or plane panel)

Mapping Imported Tribon Data to Smart 3D Data

Because Tribon and Smart 3D often use different names for their cross sections and materials, you need to map the information between the two applications using the Microsoft Excel workbook delivered in [Reference Data Folder]\SharedContent\Data\TribonTranslator\MappingFiles\SM_Mapping.xls. This workbook provides the initial mapping between material and cross section names.

Because different sources can require different mappings, you can customize SM_Mapping.xls to change the mapping during the import of the XML. For more information, see Import Translation Map Workbook.

Filtering Imported Tribon Data

When you click Tools > Select by Filter, you can use the Object Type tab on the Filter Properties dialog box and navigate to Ship Structure (Imported) in the tree view. You can then customize filters to include the needed Tribon objects.

Copying and Pasting Tribon Data

You cannot copy and paste imported Tribon objects.

Modifying Imported Tribon Data

You cannot modify imported Tribon objects in the Molded Forms or Structural Detailing tasks. If modifications are needed, you must modify the objects in Tribon and re-import an XML file. The modified objects will be re-imported, replacing the objects from the original import.

In addition, all property data imported from Tribon is read- only, except for the name. You can, however, add custom properties to the schema and edit those custom properties after the import operation. The name can be changed on the Properties dialog box of the imported object.

Deleting Imported Tribon Data

You can delete individual plates, brackets, or other imported objects from the model. However, if you re-import the XML file that contained the original objects, all the deleted objects will re-appear in the model.

Managing Imported Tribon Data in the Planning task

You can assign Tribon objects to assemblies and blocks in the Planning task. You can do this manually or by using the Block Assignment command. If Tribon grouping nodes are imported, they only appear on the System tab in the Workspace Explorer, and cannot be used in the Planning task.

When doing a re-import of the Tribon data, the software does not change the Smart 3D relationships within the Planning task (assembly/block assignments). Only plate parts, brackets, stiffener parts, pillars, face plates, and flanges are available for management in the Planning task.

If you set the AssignImportedPartsToPlanningAssembly option in the initialization (.ini) file to 1, when you import a Tribon XML file, a Planning assembly is created for each Tribon block in the XML file and all the parts under the block are assigned to the corresponding assembly. You can manually modify these assemblies if needed. When you re-import the XML file, you must set the AssignImportedPartsToPlanningAssembly value to 0 in order to retain the manual changes done for the assemblies. If you fail to take the above precaution, the manually assigned parts are reassigned to the corresponding planning assembly with respect to the Tribon block in the XML file. For more information, see Tribon Import Initialization File.

If you set the AssignImportedPartsToPlanningAssembly option to 1, you must create the B0 planning root block before the import operation so that the software automatically creates planning assemblies during the import of the Tribon XML file.

Referencing Imported Tribon Data

Although the imported objects are read-only, they can be used for all referencing functionality such as:

  • Placing a support on an imported profile in the Hangers and Supports task.

  • Connecting a hanger to an imported object in the Hangers and Supports task.

  • Placing a penetration hole trace on an imported plate, but not actually cutting the imported plate, in the Hole Management task.

  • Placing equipment with mating relationships to imported objects in the Equipment and Furnishings task.

  • Finding interferences between imported objects and Smart 3D objects by interference checking (both local and server).

  • Generating drawings and reports that include imported data in drawings in the Drawings and Reports task.

  • Systems created in the Molded Forms task and parts created in the Structural Detailing task cannot use imported objects as references or boundaries.

  • Imported objects cannot be detailed in the Structural Detailing task or manufactured in the Structural Manufacturing task.

See Also

Import Ship Structure