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Cargo planning and management
Crane simulations, Stability calculations

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Version 3.49 Dated 10 December 2019

In versions 3.48 the conversions of old ship files (*.Shp) was unfortunately not working correct
Updater in 3.49
Use same link as earlier forwarded to download 3.49

Version 3.48 Dated 2 December 2019

 If your version 3.48 dated 1 December 2019 you need to download the updated manual and replace existend file in the LoadPlabber CAD instalations folder. if 3.48 dated 2 december 2019 then all ok

6 years programming have reached its final full circle, upgrading the old system, programed in a 30 years range 1980 to 2013

Updated matrix giving a long range of new opportunity and functions, the algorithms more complex than ever but so much faster in executing
More than 350 external databases call (MS Access) converter to internal databases saved in the matrix
However, this version still a 32-bit installation, given a lot of memory out errors for hardcore AutoCAD users, but in 2020 it will be upgraded to 64 bits but need to cut the reference to the old LoadPlanner 4.1 / Microsoft Access and VB6

New in this version

Stability Module
Updated to handle hydrostatics data, MS or KN curves for trim interval of 0,5m or 1,0m in order to reproduce class approval stability readout
Crane stability added. Note: Cranes must be setup to crane stability before enabled
The stability module fulfils all Class requirement to reproduce stability (GL and DNV)

Tanks and Stability Form
In stanchions design mode add interactive tank plan, see the manual how to do

The form updated to show Crane stability if activated else Intact stability, the stability read out constantly updated
Functions to transfer ballast based on heeling
Create Layouts of All Compartments, Ballast compartments and Stability read out

Crane Stability
Read out of crane stability as well intact stability shown it the Tanks and Stability Form

Project Folders
As many projects relate to varies ship types, drawings, packing lists etc. keep all related files in same folder
In the LP Explore, click New Project Folder, and the new folder can be selected from in File Save dialog box

Recent project folders will be blue marked in the File explore

New File system
The File Save dialog box have flg. options
*.P.VDCL New standard, compressed file format, File size abt 94% less than the old format none compressed files
*.P.VDML None compressed file format
*.D.VDCL Compressed data file, contain only cargo information’s and have to be merge with a stanchions file, Data file size typical less than 100kb without adding a lot of PDF or AutoCAD drawings inside
*.S.VDML Save any project file as a stanchion file (Cargo not allowed in stanchion files)
*.DWG Save a file in dwg / AutoCAD format, note a dwg file can not be reopened for cargo handling in LP

The new Data File system created in view of it is impossible to keep the project file size down, so if a project has to be sent to a ship use the Data File format
But make sure the receiver has the correct stanchion file onboard

Saving a project file to AutoCAD format, the AutoCAD file cannot be reopened as a Project
Loading of a project data files (*.D.VDCL) have to be merged with a stanchion file with same structure

Container Handling
Function updated and new layout of bay plans

New Unit snap, alignment and constructions check

UserCAD PDF Import

Import a PDF drawing and convert to matrix, require updated File Converter installed
Function similar to programs as Print2Cad, it is working very well, but all depend of the source of the PDF file
As LoadPlanner CAD works in 32-bit system, a typical error is Out of memory,
Note: Once the pdf drawing converted scale the drawing between 2 known points and then remove dots / garbage form the drawing

LoadPlanner CAD Manual
The manual updated with a lot of step by step how to do, it is strongly recommended to look it over, also in a lot of dialog boxes a Help function added, and opening the help file to a specific issue

Microsoft 2020 installations requirement
From 2020 Microsoft have added a long of requirements to installations of Windows 10 applications
LoadPlanner CAD already fulfil those requirements, but the Programmers of the matrix have immigrated to VB.Net 2017
So please read the installations guide, some functions will not work if the installation incorrect

From 2020
As present LoadPlanner CAD Part 1 is a 32-bit applications, as it reference to old ships files (*.SHP) MS Access 1988 databases systems and needed drivers do not exist in a 64 bit versions
From 2020 all reference to old files from LoadPlanner 4.x will be removed, and then no more compatible with the old system
But LoadPlanner CAD will then be a 64-bit applications, and able to handling 8 time the size of drawings and works much faster than the 32-bit system
If you still use LoadPlanner 4.1, you should look at your pension plan 😊, or simply work with LP CAD (it is not difficult)

Version 3.46 Dated 27 June 2019
Crane simulations and rigging module updated

It have seen that some users have been using # (hashtag) in units entries
# (hashtag) is a separations / commend string. In MS DataGrid a new column command
Use of # (hashtag) in any entries the # (hashtag) will be deleted
Do NOT use # (hashtag) in LoadPlanner CAD

Import of packing list, new function to handle thousand decimal when importing packing list with
opposite language setting than Windows setting
Coping from Excel it is no longer necessary to remove thousand decimal

Use of illegal sign in file names or paths, and file names or paths longer than Windows permit
Resulting in file not saved. User will be notified

Version 3.43 Dated 1 May 2019 
Crane simulations and rigging module See more info 
Version 3.41 Dated 31 October 2018

New Functions
List Administrator > Reference / Ports > Tools > Setup Units system colors
Showing a list of predefined colors, when importing units, the first defined port selects the first color on the list will be selected, second port the next color and so on, same for reference
User can edit or add own colors on the list. If a port or reference is added to the list so when defining new port or reference matching the list the selected color will be selected

List Administrator > Import > Import Type
Import Type divided in 3 types, Standard Units, Wind Towers, Pipes

List Administrator > Import > Select on list for columns Convert unit of measurement
Enabler user to convert a column from fx fractions (12” 3/4”) to any metric decimal values or if length given in meters and width and height given in millimeters, convert length to mm

List Administrator > Import > Manually Input
Enabler user to define new unit’s manual based on the import type instead using Unit Properties

Wind Towers 3D wire, create wind towers for use in AutoCAD

Cerate Unit UserCAD, add aft view rotated 180 deg.

Errors corrections fixed
Lost all defined ports and reference, List Administrator, Ports and Reference list auto updated after import of units
Moved unit snap to center line, coursed in the matrix, BoundingBox incorrect returned
Design > Hold’s Dimensions > Out Line, Incorrect draw up of hatch covers

Manual updated to version 3.41

Version 3.40 Dated 12 September 2018
List Administrator
The entire system behind the Load, Loaded, Reference and Ports lists have been reprogramed
To speed up handling large number of units, ports and references
All units on the Load List are linked to its Reference and POL / POD so changes to same will also change linked units on the Load and Loaded list
Load List: Any unit’s parameters can be edited direct in the list except for dimensions of block unit as pipes etc., these can only be edited in Unit Properties
Loaded List: Read only list except for the columns Stoved Area and Sequence
Info: Saving any text, the idea is user to write or paste in any text from an email related to a project, as email reference or special cargo handling instructions
So, if a project to be handled over, a colleague having same cargo handling information’s

Note: Blocks for POL / POD and Reference in Layouts are only updated once a layout is created
Making change to cargo after a layout is created use the function “Layout” > “Update REF POL POD”

System general updated

Version 3.38 Dated 09-03-2018
Updated language drivers

Version 3.37 Dated 06-03-2018
Functions updated
Creating Plan Model from Cargo Model
Stability module
Pipe calculations
Recreating Cargo Model from auto saved file
Container grid setup
Various corrections

Version 3.36 Dated 23-02-2018
Functions updated
Load alignment 
Handling and creating wind towers
Creating tween deck panels
Creating of Plan Model
Copy as loaded, variays block stowage, and grouped units

Right click a top viewed unit, edit individual unit text
Explorer. Ships library, data list of all stanchion files

Version 3.35 Dated 26-01-2018 (not released)
Various corrections to USB Installations

Version 3.34 Dated 05-01-2018
Correction to Units text and color setting
In v3.33 the converting of old ship files (*.Shp) disabled, function enabled and updated
Other corrections

Version 3.33 Dated 20-12-2017
This update only contains error corrections
There have been some issues installing updates, all problems occur due to Microsoft Update running
For IT departments doing “Puss forward” installations no problems, but if you not a hard-core IT administrator, restart your Pc, do not Run any applications then install the program
If you fail to do the installations correct, you have to uninstall then reinstall, “Repair” installations only work if installed correct first time

Activations Deactivations and Reactivations
All updated according to Microsoft recommendations, also a system Diagnostic tool added
Explore > Help > Diagnostic, create a log file enable LoadPlanner.DK to supply support
Diagnostic only handling licenses and installations information’s, not errors in normally use
The log only needed if you are ask to send it Safety issue

NOTE: for any communications via the internet to the server, you must log on window as administrator or run the program as administrator
In daily use the program does not require administrator privileges
However, if you are linking paths to password protected network, it will not be shown in LoadPlanner Explorer
Open the drive in Microsoft explorer first, then open LoadPlanner

Generic Errors handling
New GenericErrorEventHandler
Error handling inside the matrix
Typical error as “System Out of Memory”
User will be guided to fix the problem
NOTE: If you are getting the error “System Out of Memory” you strongly recommended save your work, close LoadPlanner CAD and free memory before continuing
If you just continue, you file may not be recoverable

Typical reasons for getting the “System Out of Memory” error
Incorrect stanchion file, all drawings object converted to polyhatch (AutoCAD users !!)
User having a lot of heavy drawings open in UserCAD
Adding more than 4000 individual units to Quay area (Filter your “Load List” before adding units)
Using PDF converted to CAD without cleaning the drawing fires (See help file Working with converted PDF file)
(a bit of commons senses you so you don’t get this error)
What color of the curtains in the accommodations or how many screws and size on the brake of the windlass, is so never mind in a cargo planning tools
LoadPlanner CAD is not a ship art design, only a cargo planning tool, if you need to do art use the UserCAD

Shifting from Cargo Model to Plan Model
Also recover “System Out of Memory” errors
The functions have been rewritten, to speed up flowed, but also handling any incorrect base point and blocks

Container Grid
Creating new or modifying container grid has been rewritten
Much more user friendly
File do not longer require reloading

Version 3.32 Dated 08-11-2017
Program start up
Errors in missing registrations of needed drivers, or incorrect user profile, earlier resulted in new Lock in requirement
A startup function added, checking for any errors in the startup prosses, and guide user to fix the problem
A Reactivations of license added.

Error corrections
Unit Properties, New Pipe
Unit Properties, selecting POL, POD and Ref on list
Load List, Units defined block, missing reference to main unit (none selected)
Ships Eqp. User defined twd setting, ordering corrected
Project file
Grid and Bulk
Open file with "Unonymus" layers, unonymus layers will be deleted

Functions updated
Container handling, Cargo Model, Aft and top viewed loading, see the manual
Layout, 20Ft Bay plan
Layout, 40Ft Bay plan
Loaded List, Export weight list for use in external stability programs
AutoCAD 2018 format added, Require updated file converter

New Function
Units AutoCAD look, set units transparent to 100% and pin color will follow selected POL, POD or REF color

To use unit fill and pin color same time, check mark “Include Units pin color, in color selection”
For existent files, re select text selections before pin color updated