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MSC Software's Patran to Be Used at Shipyards Worldwide for Strength Assessment

(December 15, 2011)

SANTA ANA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/15/11 -- MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that CSR Software LLC, a joint venture company created by Lloyd's Register of London (LR) and American Bureau of Shipping of Houston, Texas (ABS), has successfully implemented a Patran-based module to be used at shipyards worldwide in the strength assessment of large double hull oil tankers and bulk carriers.

The custom user interface built with MSC Software's pre & post processor Patran, developed for CSR Software by DHL Consulting of Londonderry, New Hampshire, is written completely in Patran Command Language (PCL), which comprises 22 customized forms and some 25,000 lines of PCL code to support CSR modeling verification and results evaluation.

"Providing the core infrastructure of analytical methods for certification of vessels and vehicles has been fundamental throughout MSC's entire history," said Dominic Gallello, President and CEO of MSC Software. "We are delighted that these Classification Societies have decided to host their methods on our platform with the expert help of CSR."

"We have Patran users all over the world working in the field of naval architecture and finite element analysis of large ships at sea," said Daron H. Libby, owner of DHL Consulting. "When the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) introduced Common Structural Rules (CSR), analysis software suppliers like Lloyd's Register (LR) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) had to react quickly to provide engineers with tools to assess their designs against these new standards. The Patran PCL language was the perfect customization tool to provide the analysts with powerful graphics and data manipulation of large models consisting of up to half a million nodes."

Mr. Libby went on to say, "Many PCL coding obstacles were confronted using innovative PCL programming solutions in order to meet the needs of the ship analyst. The PCL language has really proven to be a robust programming language that can do most anything when it comes to reading, writing, and manipulation of finite element data and putting up most any display an analyst needs to do his or her job. It really is an amazing customization programming tool.

About CSR Software
Common Structural Rules Software LLC is a joint venture company established by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), based in Houston, Texas and Lloyd's Register (LR), based in London, United Kingdom, to provide the industry with a validated and verified suite of software tools for CSR, which will meet the concerns of industry about the possibility of different interpretations of the requirements of CSR as a result of the software used in assessment, and hope that other societies will recognize the value of the suite and consider adopting it. To learn more about CSR Software, please visit

About DHL Consulting
DHL Consulting is a company specializing in 3D finite element modeling and predictive stress analysis of structural and mechanical systems subjected to nonlinear and dynamic environments. Owner Daron H. Libby has completed consulting projects and developed PCL-based tool sets for many Fortune 500 companies including Pratt Whitney, Corning, Westinghouse, Coca-Cola, and the American Bureau of Shipping. Mr. Libby once worked for PDA Engineering (the original developers of Patran) prior to the merge with MSC Software, and has taught Patran/Nastran and PCL programming classes throughout the USA, Japan, Singapore, Korea, China, England, and Europe. For more information, contact DHL Consulting at (603) 425-2292 or

About MSC Software
MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,000 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software's products and services, please visit:

The MSC Software corporate logo, Simulating Reality, Adams, Dytran, Easy5, Marc, MD Adams, MD Nastran, Patran, Mentat, MSC, Masterkey, Masterkey Plus, MSC Nastran, Mvision, SimDesigner, SimManager, and SimXpert are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MSC Software Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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