FastShip 6

Instruction will be provided by Mr. Steve Toby, a Naval Architect with over 25 years of experience in computer representation of ships’ lines, going back to the earliest software used for that purpose. The class will be held in Alion's office at 4300 King St., in Alexandria, VA. Tuition will be $1500 for the first student from each organization for our standard beginner/intermediate course.  (Contact us for group discounts).  More advanced level instruction is also possible for experienced users, but the cost will vary with class size and duration. The standard class will be held for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 students.  It will consist of 3 easy days (not 8 hour days – you will not have to deal with rush hour in either direction).  The next one is tentatively scheduled for winter 2009-2010.

If you might be interested in attending, please call Steve Toby at (703) 933 6673, or e-mail him at, or Russ Krull (703 933 6812,  Your response is for planning purposes and is not a commitment.   You will receive a follow-up registration package, and may make your formal commitment at that stage.

CLASS SYLLABUS for “Beginner-Intermediate” Course

Day 1 – Morning

  • Downloading the Program
  • Math Basis (NURBS Surfaces, Net Rows & Columns)
  • Comparison with Traditional Lines Drawing on Paper
  • Starting a Hull from Scratch if you have a Paper Body Plan and Hydrostatics

Day 1 – Afternoon

  • Starting from Scratch if you really have nothing to go on (traditional methods modified for use with Fastship)
  • Commonly Used Techniques (Chines, Tangencies, Snaps, Calculated Sections, Hydrostatics, Measuring Fairness, Scale, Rotate)
  • Discussion/Question & Answer

Day 2 – Morning

  • Create an Example hull, USS Atlanta (CL 51, commissioned in 1941) from Offsets & Lines Drawing
  • Students create their own model CL 51, using input offsets, construction geometry, and other techniques introduced by instructor
  • Discussion/ Q & A

Day 2 – Afternoon

  • More Advanced Tricks (some require program options): Metapoles, Multiple Surfaces, Intersections and Trimming, elementary intro to macros
  • Practice these techniques on CL 51 and an example deep-V planing boat.

Day 3 - Morning

  • Brief intro to Parametric Fastship or Fastgen
  • Preparing a Hull to be Parametric
  • Modifying a Parametric Hull

Day 3 - Afternoon

  • Exporting Hull Forms for Use in Other Software such as GHS and Visual SMP
  • Fastship’s Relationship with Rhino 3 and 4 and why you might want Rhino, too
  • Discussion/ Q & A