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RELEASE DOCUMENT

TM
SESAM – 45 years of
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The 2015 release
Version: The May 2017 release
Date: 22 May 2017

Innovative offshore engineering


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Supports design, optimisation and


strength assessment during an
asset’s entire life cycle
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0 27 April 2017 Torgeir Vada, Nigel Winder Ole Jan Nekstad


Fan Joe Zhang,

Cangbo Zheng

22 May 2017

Prepared by DNV GL - Software

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Table of contents
1 INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................. 3

2 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SESAM MAY 2017 RELEASE ............................................................... 4


2.1 Sesam Manager ................................................................................................................................. 4
2.2 Sesam Fixed Structures Package........................................................................................................ 5
2.3 Sesam Floating Structure Package ................................................................................................... 11
2.4 Sesam Marine Dynamics Packages .................................................................................................. 16
2.5 Sesam Pipeline Package................................................................................................................... 18
2.6 Sesam OWT Foundation Packages................................................................................................... 19

3 HOW TO UPGRADE ........................................................................................................ 20


3.1 How to Download ............................................................................................................................ 20
3.2 Upgrading Sesam Manager ............................................................................................................. 21
3.3 Upgrading the structural analysis tools ........................................................................................... 21
3.4 Upgrading the hydrodynamic analysis tools .................................................................................... 22
3.5 Upgrading the marine dynamic analysis tools ................................................................................. 22
3.6 Upgrading the pipeline analysis tools .............................................................................................. 23
3.7 Upgrading Sesam OWT Foundation Package................................................................................... 23

4 DOCUMENTATION ......................................................................................................... 24

5 MAIN NEWS OF THE SESAM MAY 2017 RELEASE............................................................... 25


5.1 Sesam Manager ............................................................................................................................... 25
5.2 Structural analysis tools ................................................................................................................... 25
5.2.1 GeniE Version 7.3-15 .............................................................................................................. 26
5.2.2 GeniE Version 7.4-18 .............................................................................................................. 29
5.2.3 Wajac Version 6.8-08 .............................................................................................................. 31
5.2.4 Wajac Version 6.9-05 .............................................................................................................. 31
5.2.5 Wajac Version 7.0-01 .............................................................................................................. 31
5.2.6 Splice Version 7.2-01............................................................................................................... 32
5.2.7 Splice Version 7.3-02............................................................................................................... 32
5.2.8 Sestra Version 10.1-00 ............................................................................................................ 32
5.2.9 Framework Version 3.13-00.................................................................................................... 33
5.2.10 Framework Version 3.14-01.................................................................................................... 34
5.2.11 Stofat Version 3.5-08 .............................................................................................................. 34
5.2.12 Xtract Version 5.1-08 .............................................................................................................. 34

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5.2.13 Sesam Converter Version 2.2-01............................................................................................. 35
5.2.14 Patran-Pre Version 2016.0-01................................................................................................. 35
5.3 Hydrodynamic analysis tools ........................................................................................................... 36
5.3.1 HydroD 4.8 .............................................................................................................................. 36
5.3.2 Wadam 9.2.............................................................................................................................. 36
5.3.3 Wasim 9.4 ............................................................................................................................... 36
5.3.4 HydroD 4.9/HydroMesh 3.0 .................................................................................................... 37
5.3.5 Wadam 9.3.............................................................................................................................. 37
5.3.6 Postresp 6.6 ............................................................................................................................ 38
5.3.7 HydroD 5.0 .............................................................................................................................. 38
5.4 Marine dynamics tools .................................................................................................................... 39
5.4.1 DeepC Version 5.1-03 ............................................................................................................. 39
5.4.2 Sima Version 3.3-03 ................................................................................................................ 39
5.4.3 Simo Version 4.8-07 ................................................................................................................ 41
5.4.4 Riflex Version 4.8-07 ............................................................................................................... 41
5.5 Pipeline analysis tools ...................................................................................................................... 42
5.5.1 Simbuck Version 2.0-02 .......................................................................................................... 42
5.6 OWT foundation analysis................................................................................................................. 43
5.6.1 Fixed OWT foundation - Fatigue Manager Version 3.5-244 .................................................... 43
5.6.2 Floating OWT structures ......................................................................................................... 43

6 OTHER PRODUCT INFORMATION .................................................................................... 44

7 TECHNICAL NOTES ....................................................................................................... 46


7.1 Supported Operating Systems ......................................................................................................... 46
7.2 Recommended Hardware Configurations ....................................................................................... 46
7.3 Supported Beam Code Check Standards ......................................................................................... 48

8 LIST OF SESAM PROGRAMS ........................................................................................... 49

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1 INTRODUCTION

The SesamTM May 2017 Release is the collection of Sesam programs as of 5 May 2017. There are many
significant updates on several programs as compared to the previous release (December 2015).

“The continuous investments in Sesam lead to new and improved products that help our customers
become more efficient. They also get higher data quality during import from other sources as well as
easier data sharing with other Sesam customers. This release includes additional functionality for all the
industry segments supported by Sesam, including jacket analysis, floater analysis (offshore and ship
specific), offshore wind turbine foundations, riser & pipeline design and marine operations. The amount
of new functionality is a proof that we invest heavily based on listening to customer needs” says Ole Jan
Nekstad, Product Director Sesam.

Your feedback is important to us and the above improvements are a result of such. If you have any
suggestions, questions or feedback please send an email to: software.support@dnvgl.com or contact one
of our local offices. We thank you for your continuous support of Sesam.

In this release document, you can read about the major new features and how to upgrade models
created in previous versions. Detailed update information for each Sesam program can be found on the
Customer Portal.

The three most significant updates during the last year have been:

- Member code checking based on frequency domain results can now be done in GeniE. This
means that structural analysis results from e.g. a hydrodynamic analysis in HydroD can be
imported and used for member code checking in GeniE.
- Significantly reducing the analysis time for jacket fatigue analysis. Dynamic spectral fatigue is
now much easier because of faster analysis time and automatic detection of steady state for use
in fatigue computation. In most cases, we see that the elapsed computational time decreases
with a factor of 30 or more – typically from 11 hours to 20 minutes.
- Hydrodynamic stability analysis greatly enhanced. The new stability analysis is based on a new
modern user interface and a more robust solver. The reporting functions are also much more
flexible and HydroD can now produce the so-called stability booklet.

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2 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SESAM MAY 2017 RELEASE

Sesam has been a modular system since the first release in 1969. This has proven to be a success since
our customers can pick the functionality they need. The modularity also eases replacing outdated
program modules with new and modern software, again to the benefit of our customers. To ease the
understanding of the Sesam offerings we have made some packages by grouping together relevant
Sesam modules. These are described in the following and include the highlights for this release. More
details may also be found in Chapter 5.

We are also very pleased to announce that for GeniE and HydroD5 (for stability analysis) we have
introduced a database file format (called GNX and HYDX) independent of program versions. Using the
GNX/HYDX file format ensures significantly less elapsed time needed for large modelling operations and
meshing. Furthermore, the GNX/HYDX file format is independent of newer GeniE/HydroD5 versions,
meaning that when upgrading to a newer version of GeniE or HydroD5 there is no need for manual
export and import of typically js, XML or GNX as it can be directly opened in a newer version.

2.1 Sesam Manager

The new version of Sesam Manager will ease the work to do


dynamic spectral fatigue of jackets. It comes with a pre-defined
template for analysis set-up for dynamic analysis including
fatigue analysis. The template will help you to

 Compute wave loads by stepping through waves – one


cycle is computed for each direction. Previously it was
necessary to know (or to guess) how many cycles that
were needed to reach steady state condition

 Run dynamic direct time integration repeating wave


cycle until steady state detected. There is no need to
manually check when a steady state has been reached.
The start of steady state condition may be different from
one direction to another direction. It is easy to verify
from 2D plots that steady state has been reached – e.g.
2D plots of base shear forces

 Create a result file with one cycle for each wave load
after steady state has been reached. The result file is
automatically set up for use in the fatigue analysis.
Hence there is no need for the user to manually define
start and stop positions to define the stress cycles to be
used in fatigue analysis

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2.2 Sesam Fixed Structures Package

This package includes all Sesam programs needed for structural analysis during design, transportation,
operation or decommissioning. Since the previous Sesam 2015 release (December 2015) there have
been two GeniE releases, including supporting programs (Wajac, Splice, Sestra, Framework and Xtract).
The main features and benefits of these releases are listed in the following. New features in the Floating
Structure (see next chapter) may also be relevant for fixed structures.
 The effect of warping torsion has now been added to the member code checking of open profiles.
The user may now select case 3, 4 or 7 from the AISC guidebook to be part of the member code
check. Previously, this was not supported by GeniE and led to extra manual calculations for the
designer. Compared with other commercial programs, we believe GeniE is the only one that
supports three torsion models from the AISC guidebook.

 Partial update/refresh of buckling capacity models. The new feature closes the design iteration
loop since it is now possible to insert new members after a code check and automatically update
the code check model and keep what is unchanged. The user benefit is that it is no longer
necessary to make the code check model all over again, but keep what is not affected by the
new, added structure.

 Improved reporting of pile capacity and soil results for use in design decisions. Pile capacity
curves can now easily be made to determine the pile penetration depth. Furthermore, there is an
automatic scanning to find the Maximum Axial Capacity for Critical Load Cases and Factor of
Safety. Another important functionality, that can save users up to 70% in their work to convert
data from geotechnical reports to analytical format, is the in-built utility tool for soil data
conversion. It will allow for import of soil data in a spread-sheet format, allowing for review and
modification if needed, before integration with the rest of the structural model.

The example above shows a typical soil data report in Excel format. The data has been imported into the
utility tool for soil conversion to Sesam format. The user may verify the data (graphically and tabular) and
modify if needed before exporting it for use in GeniE. The figure to the right shows that the soil data has
been imported seamlessly in GeniE.

 Loads to mass. It is now much easier to convert point and line loads to mass for dynamic
analysis. The conversion is automatic based on a user selection of load cases. The analysis model
(FE model) will contain FE point masses instead of FE point and line loads. The benefit is that the
concept model is kept intact. Previously it was necessary to use a script to convert the loads on
the concept model or manually convert loads to point masses. In other words, it was necessary
to maintain two almost identical concept models for static and dynamic analysis. Now one model
is sufficient.

 Wind load calculation per the Projected Pressure Method. Previously this method was only
available for wind surface loads. The new method is now the default option and applies to both
members and surfaces. It is possible to select the Velocity Component Method. In addition, the
ABS wind spectrum has been added to the list of available wind spectra. The new features
provide greater flexibility in wind load computations for use in structural analysis.

 Improved handling of marine growth in time domain wave load analysis (also known as
deterministic wave load analysis). The new program versions will automatically detect the
intersection between a member and the instantaneous water surface and use this as calculation
point for marine growth. Of significant importance is the weight (mass) of the marine growth in
dynamic analysis. In addition, it will impact the buoyancy and wave load. Previously it was
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necessary for the user to divide a beam at the water surface, meaning that it was necessary to
have multiple models (one for each water depth). This is no longer necessary, as one model is
enough to properly capture the effect of marine growth per time step and per wave load
condition (water depth, direction, wave-height and phase angle).

 Print out of transfer functions for frequency domain wave load analysis. The new version of
Wajac reports necessary information that can be cut and pasted into Excel for easy plotting of
transfer functions from wave load analysis. Previously, it was necessary to use several Sesam
programs to do this. The new feature thus simplifies the process of generating such figures.

The graphs above have been made in Excel by cut/paste of Wajac generated data. They show that the
shapes of the transfer function are identical for 20 and 70 wave periods. Hence in this example, dynamic
analysis can be carried out with 20 wave periods to save analysis time.

 Further improvements in reporting. The user can decide to use one or two pictures per page as
well as select which structural set and load cases to include. This will reduce the size of the
report and it will be easier for the user to find needed information..

 Faster dynamics and improved fatigue analysis of jacket structure. The new method for direct
time integration leads to much faster dynamic analysis (in most cases the analysis will be more
than 30 times faster than before) and allows for much larger analysis (model size and wave
directions). Another benefit is that there is no longer a need to manually decide which
eigenmodes to include in the dynamic analysis as this is irrelevant for the direct time integration
method. The analysis will report the baseline shear RAO from dynamic analysis for comparison
with the baseline shear RAO from the wave load analysis. Finally, the steady state (for each
wave heading) is automatically detected and used in fatigue analysis – this can also be easily
verified by opening the vtf data generated during analysis and viewing the 2D graphs of the time
histories in e.g. Excel.

The example above shows the 2D plot of a time history from a dynamic analysis. In this case the analysis was
automatically stopped (because of using such feature) when steady state has been reached. This analysis took 11
hours to run in previous Sestra versions (and other commercially available tools) – but with the new release of Sestra
it takes 20 minutes only.

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 Facilitate running dynamic spectral fatigue analysis. The latest version of the Sesam Manager will
help engineers to run dynamic spectral fatigue analysis. It includes a template for running such
analysis method called Spectral Fatigue. It will help to create the RAO graphs for dynamic frequency
domain analysis results (base shear) to help find important waves to be used in the dynamic spectral
fatigue analysis for direct time integration. Furthermore, the template will set up how to run the
dynamic analysis (including compute wave loads by stepping through waves – one cycle per wave
direction is enough); run dynamic direct time integration repeating wave cycle until steady state
detected; and create a result file with one cycle for each wave load after steady state has been
reached).

The pictures above show how to select the template for spectral fatigue and a typical RAO for base line shear. In this
case the RAO from wave load (static) is compared with the RAO from dynamic structural analysis

 Automatically accumulate the fatigue damage. The fatigue analyses for various conditions are
normally performed separately, but the damages at each hotspot need to be accumulated to give a
full overview of the fatigue life. The analysis models are different in the various fatigue analyses
meaning that time consuming hand calculations were used to accumulate the fatigue damage. This is
no longer necessary as the damage for each hotspot can now be accumulated automatically. We
believe that Sesam is unique in being able to do this. Accumulation can combine results from
analyses based on using any of the 4 different methods available in Sesam i.e. use fatigue results
from any of direct deterministic fatigue (or simplified fatigue), deterministic fatigue based in long
term wave distribution, stochastic fatigue, or spectral fatigue.

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 Direct deterministic fatigue. Direct deterministic fatigue is a simplified method to assess the fatigue
damage of the structure subject to determined cyclic loads. The user selects load cases to determine
the stress range for use in deterministic fatigue analysis. This means that the procedure is the same
as for deterministic fatigue except the basis for computing the stress ranges. The pictures below
show the user interface of Framework and how to select various methods for computing the stress
ranges.

 Import RAO for topside analysis. The utility tool “RAOInputTool.exe” that you will find under the
GeniE installation location of your PC will help you to import and verify RAO’s from other sources. It
will create stochastic load cases for you (consisting of real and imaginary parts). You may use these
to do member code checking based on frequency domain results (see below).

It is easy to import RAO data and add relevant information for motion reference point, characteristic wave lengths etc.
The picture to the right shows imported RAOs for verification purposes

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 Member code checking based on frequency domain results. Previously it was necessary to do such
code checking in Framework including definition of code check properties and reporting in
Framework. This is no longer necessary as all can be done from the GeniE user interface based on
the same code check analysis and reporting for deterministic load cases. Frequency domain results
can be imported from a hydrodynamic analysis like for example from a deck on barge transportation
analysis or the analysis of a topside/module structure of a semi-submersible. Other examples can be
when importing RAOs (see above).

It is necessary to create a load combination for a complex load case (complex means that is has a
real and imaginary part). When making the load combination the user needs to specify SCAN or a
specific phase angle. The load combination may also include contribution from other deterministic
load cases. When SCAN has been used, the load combination will automatically create results for
every 10-degree phase angle for use in member code checking. Alternatively, if a specific phase
angle is given the load combination becomes deterministic and can be used for member code
checking, tubular joint code checking, plate code checking and other results processing.

In this example a load combination Comb2_cmplx (made up of LC1_Static, LC_2Static and


RC1_cmplx) will be scanned for each 10 degrees. The load case RC1_cmplx has been created from a
SIN results file import.

The process of using complex results is thus to a) make model in GeniE, b) Perform a wave load
analysis or import RAO c) Structural analysis, d) import results back into GeniE, e) Create load-
combinations (i.e. auto scan or manual definition of phase angle) and f) perform a member code
check using the load combinations.

The picture above shows two ways of defining a load combination with Scan case or with user defined phase shift. The
tabular report shows result from member code check. It will specify which phase angle yields the worst code check.

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 Much easier colour coding & labelling. Colour coding and labelling are now available from the
pulldown menu. This means that you no longer need to select a relevant property, right click and
select colour coding of labelling. Examples of use are shown below.

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2.3 Sesam Floating Structure Package

The package includes all Sesam programs needed to do make structural and panel models; perform
hydrostatic, hydrodynamic and structural analysis; post-processing of results, code checking and fatigue.
It includes GeniE (and supporting programs Sestra, Cutres, Stofat, Platework and Submod) and HydroD
(and supporting programs Wadam, Wasim and Postresp). Compared to the December 2015 release the
following has been updated for GeniE and HydroD related programs:

The most important new features in the structural analysis tools are:
 Graphical display and labelling of finite element loads. Following a structural analysis, it is now
possible to label finite element loads. The benefit is that this can be done graphically instead of
looking up the details in a listing file. This is much quicker and easier when sharing results with
others, as in the case of 3rd party quality control.

 Mesh refinement by automatic dividing of the concept model. The mesh property “Detail Box”
can be used to divide all structural parts at the border of a user defined volume. To refine the
mesh inside the volume the user needs to manually apply new mesh densities before re-mesh.
This will take longer time and require more user interaction than automatically refining the
mesh, but the benefit is that the initial mesh does not have to be regular.

In the example above three different detailed boxes have been used to automatically divide the structure
(green, yellow and pink). Different mesh properties have been applied to the new structure and a refined
mesh has been made. This method is a robust and an easy way to go from coarse to refined mesh with no
requirements to the initial mesh.

 Hull girder load adjustment (HGLA) inside GeniE. The new version of GeniE allows users to
automatically compute adjustment loads to FE model to ensure a correct shear and moment
distribution on the cargo hold model per DNV GL and CSR OT&BC Rules. It requires that there is
relevant data from Nauticus Hull available. Previously it was needed to do this manually by
running Nauticus Hull and GeniE in sequence with manual data transfer.

 Yield strength assessment to include face plates modelled as beams. The functionality for Yield
Check of Beams is available only for the Coarse Mesh Yield check according to CSR BC&OT or
DNV GL Rules. Previously it was not possible to include beams in such operations.

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 Transfer of data to fatigue calculations according to ship rules. From a fine mesh analysis,
relevant data for a fatigue check per CSR BC&OT rules may be exported from GeniE to NH FEA
template. The user benefit is less manual work and less risk for human errors.

The figures above show that a detailed box has been used to refine the mesh and that relevant data shall be
exported to Nauticus Hull for fatigue analysis according to DNV GL or CSR OT&BC Rules

 Improved (faster and easier) workflow on design iterations. Design iterations based on plate
code checking are now as easy to do as for design iterations of fixed structures. Following the re-
design where the data for the capacity model is changed one can now click the “Run all” button
also for plate code check. This means that there is no need any longer to manually update the
concept model and manually re-run all analysis and perform the code check over again.

 Improved (faster and easier) workflow on design iterations. The performance on code check has
been improved. Execution of CSRH/DNVGL rules are now done in parallel with preparing the code
check. The example below for a container ship (540.000 dof, 32 load cases according to DNV GL
Rules) is now 3 times faster than before

 Automatically assign mesh density on imported models. Mesh densities are now computed
(based on the mesh of the imported model) and applied to the relevant structural parts. This will
generate a quality mesh when re-meshing is done. Previously it was necessary to re-apply mesh
densities after Import. This is now automatic. The picture below shows the structural concepts
and the automatically assigned mesh densities.

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 Make efficient mesh templates on top of core mesh technology. Core meshing has been
improved and one example of such is for the Detailed Box option the refined mesh will now have
mesh densities as specified in the input. Another example is meshing around a hole where a
quality mesh is created based on number of elements along the edge of the hole and number of
element layers. See below for examples.

For the hydrodynamics tools the most important improvements are:

 Forward speed in Wadam. Wadam has been enhanced to include small forward speeds.
Alternatively, this can be regarded as wave/current interaction. Speeds or currents up to 1-2 m/s
may be handled. For higher speeds Wasim must be used. The figures below show the effect on
the mean drift force on a semisubmersible. + means that wave and current are in the same
direction, - that they are in opposite direction. The smaller speed shows very good agreement
between Wadam and Wasim, while some differences start to creep in at the higher velocity (1
m/s).
0,7 0,8
WADAM '+' WADAM '+'
0,6 0,7
0,5 WASIM '+' 0,6 WASIM '+'
0,5
0,4 WADAM '-' WADAM '-'
Drift force

Drift force

0,4
0,3 WASIM '-' WASIM '-'
0,3
0,2 v = 1.0 m/s
v = 0.6 m/s 0,2
0,1 0,1
0,0 0,0
5 10 15 20 5 10 15 20
Period (s) Period (s)

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 Added resistance. Wasim can now compute the mean drift force. When there is a forward speed
the mean drift force is more commonly called ‘added resistance’. The figure below shows results
for a containership (S-175) compared with two sets of model tests. The Froude number is 0.15.

 Damping surfaces. The resonance problem for narrow gaps or moonpools can now be handled in
both Wadam and Wasim. Damping is provided by defining a mesh on the free surface in the gap.
On this mesh a damping term can be included. Similar resonance problems may also appear in
other restricted areas, e.g. on top of the pontoons of a semisubmersible at small drafts.

 Easy meshing of free surface. Free surface meshes are important in many different contexts
when using Wadam. It is required when doing second-order analysis or forward speed, and it is
needed for free surface damping or irregular frequency removal, or just as a free surface mesh
for wave elevation computation (offbody points). The tool HydroMesh has been extended to
handle all these cases. The tool is accessed from HydroD. Some examples are shown below.
Upper right: Damping lids for moonpools and gap, upper right: Fixed lid for removal of irregular
frequencies, lower left: Free surface model for second-order analysis, lower right: panel model
and free surface model as shown in HydroD.

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 64-bit Wadam. Wadam is now a 64-bit program. This has made it possible to extend many of the
limitations in the program. You can now have more panels on the hull, more elements on the
free surface, more frequencies, more wave directions and more phase angles. A corresponding
update of Postresp which can handle much larger datasets has also been released.

 ITTC roll damping model. This is an updated version of the previous Tanaka/Kato model and is
recommended by ITTC.

 Multi-body analysis improvements. Wadam can now handle a combination of fixed and floating
bodies. It is also possible to compute sectional loads on body 1.

A new stability program, HydroD 5.0 has also been released. This is the first version of the new HydroD
generation. HydroD 5.0 is covering stability analysis. Compared to HydroD 4.9 the stability analysis has
been enhanced and improved.

 More efficient and robust computations.

 More efficient generation of loading conditions.

 Fully flexible reporting engine. Reports are made


in Word-format with use of company templates.
The content of the report can be fully defined by
the user.

 Templates for plots, tables and reports.

 Watertight and weathertight integrity surfaces.

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2.4 Sesam Marine Dynamics Packages

These packages include all Sesam programs (DeepC, Sima, Riflex, Simo, Mimosa and Vivana) needed for
engineering analysis of marine dynamic systems, including various types of slender structures, e.g.
mooring lines, risers and umbilicals, and complex marine operations, e.g. lifting/lowering analysis, float-
over operation, etc. They interact with GeniE and HydroD to make a conceptual model and to read
hydrodynamic results.

The main benefits of these releases are listed in the following.

 Advanced functions in DeepC to support detail drilling riser and tensioner modelling.

A new drilling riser example has been added to DeepC installation and some new functions has
been added to DeepC GUI. This enables our users better simulating the complex components of
drilling risers, such as slip-joint and tensioners, etc.

For example, the drilling riser has a


slip-joint which allows the line to move
axially but not laterally. It can be
modelled with a single segment in the
upper part of the riser. The cross
section used has very low axial stiffness
to allow axial motion of the nodes at
each end but high bending stiffness to
stop lateral motions.

Tensioners are simulated with lines with nonlinear axial stiffness without bending and torsion as
shown below. The nonlinear stiffness can be defined as shown in the right plot. The upper ends
relate to the floater using fairleads and the lower part is connected to the top end of the lower
riser to simulate the tensioner ring connection.

A new cross sectional damping properties function is also introduced to better simulate the
mechanical damping in the tensioner system.

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 Waypoint function in Sima allows the user to specify several points along a desired path and let
the dynamic positioning (DP) system to automatically control the floaters following the path. This
could be used, e.g. in a DP float-over operation.

 Quick result check

Basic result plots are now stored directly in the result folders under Conditions. The user may
also plot them directly from the result folder.

 Improved reporting functions with automatic screenshot, plot and table functions.

The user can define a “template” for a report, which could include any figures, plots and tables in
the Sima task. It can combine results from different analysis or post-processing tasks.
Furthermore, screenshot with user defined viewpoints can be saved, which means updated
screenshots could be included automatically every time when the model is updated.

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 User defined task. This is an advanced function that allows the users to define a simplified “GUI”
on top of an existing complex analysis. For example, users can specify several selected variables
and controllers, as well as results singles and put them in a new window as an independent tool.

2.5 Sesam Pipeline Package

Main update of the package is Simbuck v2.0 with the new “VAS” functionality included as an additional
sheet.

 The “VAS” sheet allows the user to perform a probabilistic buckling analysis based on a Monte
Carlo framework.

 The pipeline configuration (straight sections, horizontal curve and locations of rock cover) and
trigger locations (vertical triggers and user defined buckling loads) may be specified by the user.

 Pressure and temperature profiles may be specified by the user.

 The distributions for axial and lateral frictions may be specified by the user.

 The buckling loads and the pipe-soil interaction is treated probabilistically in the analysis. That is,
the buckling loads and soil characteristics are generated element-wise.

 The VAS sheet gives probability distributions as output. For instance, the probability of having a
certain number of buckles, probability of buckling locations, probability of having a certain end
expansion.
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2.6 Sesam OWT Foundation Packages

The Sesam OWT foundation packages include the analysis tools for fixed OWT foundation analysis –
Fatigue Manager and floating OWT foundation analysis – Sima.

Main benefit from the latest Fatigue Manager is that, users now can generate a Superelement directly in
the Cloud. This will improve greatly the efficiency during Cloud solution since the user can make all the
specification on their local machine but run all calculations in the Cloud. In previous versions, though the
calculation could be finished in the Cloud, a Superelement needed to be created locally and uploaded to
the Cloud. The file transfer process occupies quite a lot of project time during the design loop.

The interfaces with BHawC and Bladed have also been improved to be consistent w.r.t. Superelement
directions and coordinate systems.

Please also refer to Chapter 2.2 and 2.4 for the updates of the calculations used by Fatigue Manager and
Sima.

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3 HOW TO UPGRADE

3.1 How to Download


The new version of GeniE can be downloaded from our Customer Portal located on Customer Portal
(https://www.dnvgl.com/cp).

Please note the following:

- You need your own user id and password to log in to the Customer Portal. If you don’t have an
account, enter your email address for us to validate you as a user and we will email you login
data.
- The Sesam May 2017 release supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. See Chapter
7.1 for more details.
- The Sesam May 2017 release supports 64 bit operating systems. If you use the default
destination folders a 32 bit program will be installed in C:\Program files (x86)\DNVGL and a 64
bit program in C:\Program files\DNVGL.
- After installation and prior to using the new versions start the Application Version Manager
(AVM) to ensure that the correct versions of the different applications are set as default.
- Other useful information may be found in the Installation Guide.

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3.2 Upgrading Sesam Manager

The Sesam Manager database is compatible with previous versions. It is also possible to import data
from previous versions using js (script), xml or zip files. The js and xml files recreate the workflow while
the zip file also contains input and result files of the programs included in the workflow.

The license file is the same as before.

3.3 Upgrading the structural analysis tools


Upgrading from Previous GeniE Versions

With the most recent version of GeniE (version 7.4-18) it is easy to upgrade: Simply open the GNX file
from a previous GeniE version. For older versions than GeniE version 7.4-18 you need to export the GNX
file. For GeniE version 7.4-18 you may choose to use GNX or GNI as database format.

There are four alternatives for migrating data from a previous version of GeniE. For a full description of
data transfer capabilities and limitations please consult Chapter 10 in Volume 3 of the GeniE User
Manual. You can download the User Manual from the Customer Portal before installing the programs.

- The first alternative is using the js journal file – make sure that it runs safely (File -> Read
Command File) in the previous GeniE version before importing it into the new version. The
journal file is complete and may contain analysis runs, code checks and report generations. It
will also contain changes and deletions of model data, in short everything you did in the course
of your work.

- The second alternative is using the condensed js file (the so-called clean js file). This file is more
or less complete for jackets and topsides where there are no curved structures. The environment
and analysis set-up is included but note that code check data is not part of the clean js file. From
version 6.6 and onwards the clean js file includes curved guide curves, curved beams and curved
support curves.

- The third option is by use of the XML import and export feature. The XML file contains a neutral
definition of the workspace – it is complete except for code check details and reporting. If you
are upgrading from GeniE 6.3 or later the xml file includes code checking of beams. The
functionality is available from File -> Export -> XML Concept Model and File -> Import -> XML
Concept Model.

- The final option is by use of the new GNX import and export feature. This option can be used
when migrating data from the 6.8-14 version to later versions of GeniE or when transferring data
to new workspaces using this version of GeniE. The GNX zip file contains XML and FEM files. If
you have multiple analyses all FEM files will be part of the data storage.

You can use your existing license file to run the new version of GeniE. Please note that there are features
(code checking of beams (CCBM) or plates (CCPL), modelling of curved structure (CGEO), mesh editing
(CGEO) and mesh refinement (REFM)) that require a license key in addition to the one for the basic
program version.

For the execution of plate code check according to DNV GL Rules you must install the Rule Service
15.20.53. The GeniE license for code check of plated structure (CCPL) is required.

For use of PULS Excel and PULS Advanced viewer for refined plate code checking installation of Nauticus
Hull is required. This requires a separate installation and separate license keys.

Other Applications than GeniE

For the programs Wajac, Sestra, Splice, Installjac, Framework, Platework, Submod, Usfos, Cutres,
Stofat, Presel and Xtract the update information is found on the Customer Portal. If you want to convert
soil data from Sesam GeniE to Usfos you should install the utility tool soil.exe from www.usfos.com.

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The respective license files are the same as before.

None of these other programs are using database technologies rather they have input files in form of
“*.jnl” or “*.inp” files. This means that previous input data can be used to regenerate the data.

3.4 Upgrading the hydrodynamic analysis tools


Upgrading from Previous HydroD Version

Before you upgrade make sure you have copies of HydroD journal files (js files) to be used when
regenerating your models in the new HydroD version. Importing the data to a new version will be more
efficient if you use the feature to export a so-called clean js file. HydroD can also import old Prewad
input files in case you have not used HydroD before.

The license file for HydroD is the same as before.

HydroD 5.0 is not backward compatible to HydroD 4.9. Beware that 5.0 is only for stability analysis. For
hydrodynamic analysis HydroD 4.9 must be used.

Other Applications than HydroD

For the programs Wadam, Wasim, Waveship and Postresp, the update information is found on the
Customer Portal.

The respective license files are the same as before.

Wadam, Wasim and Waveship are not using database technologies. Previous input data can be used as
is to regenerate the data. Postresp has a database. Postresp 6.6 will read a database created by
Postresp 6.5. It will also read jnl-files created for Postresp 6.5.

3.5 Upgrading the marine dynamic analysis tools


Upgrading from Previous DeepC Version

Before you upgrade make sure you have relevant js files to be used when regenerating your models in
the new DeepC version.

You can export a condensed js file (the so-called clean js file) and import this into the new program
version. These actions are available from File -> Save Clean JS and File -> Read Journal File. The data
transfer is complete, but you need to re-run your analyses.
The license file for DeepC is the same as before.

Upgrading from Previous Sima Version

Sima will automatically convert the database from previous version to the latest version.
The license file for Sima is the same as before.

Other Applications than DeepC and Sima

For the programs Simo, Riflex, Mimosa and Vivana, the update information is found on the Customer
Portal.

The respective license files need to be updated.


None of the four programs are using database technologies rather they have input files in form of “*.jnl”
or “*.inp” files. This means that previous input data can be used to regenerate the data. Some of the
tools are Excel based meaning that the previous data can be used in a new program version.

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3.6 Upgrading the pipeline analysis tools

Sesam Pipeline contains FatFree, StableLines, PET (Pipeline Engineering Tool), OS-F101, SimBuck and
RP-F101.

The license files for these programs are the same as before.

Some of the tools are Excel based meaning that the previous data can be used (re-entered) in a new
program version.

3.7 Upgrading Sesam OWT Foundation Package


Upgrading from Previous Fatigue Manager Version

Fatigue Manager can directly open the databases from previous versions to the latest version.
The license file for Fatigue Manager is the same as before.

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4 DOCUMENTATION
The Sesam 2015 Release contains both new program versions and updated user documentation. When
installing the programs the user manuals are automatically installed together with the programs.

As an example, the figure below shows how to find the user documentation for Xtract which is located in
C:\Program Files\DNVGL\Xtract v5.0-04, in this case a 64 bit installation. For a 32 bit program the path
would be C:\Program Files (x86)\DNVGL\Program name and version.

The user documentation can be accessed from Sesam Manager (for all Sesam programs) and from
GeniE, HydroD, DeepC, Xtract and Sima (from the help menu). Here shown for Xtract:

And here shown how to find user documentation of Sestra from Sesam Manager:

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5 MAIN NEWS OF THE SESAM MAY 2017 RELEASE

The Sesam May 2017 Release is a collection of the most recent Sesam programs. For some of them there
have been several releases since the Sesam 2015 Release.

All new features are documented in the Customer Portal


under the “Status List”. The easiest way to find all update
information is to sort the information for “Updates”.

You will also find release information from the help


menu of programs with a graphic user interface and in
the folder “Doc” located on the installation path for the
other Sesam programs.

This chapter gives a brief description of the main updates to the recent Sesam program releases. See also
Chapter 2 and the release note of each program for more details.

5.1 Sesam Manager

The new version is Sesam Manager version 6.5-01.

New features in Sesam Manager version 6.5-01

 Support for dynamic analysis in frequency domain in Sestra 10.1.

 The controller for Prepost now has a feature to merge two results files into one.

 New Job template for running two analyses and merging their results into a single results file.

 Sesam Manager now has a controller for SIMA.

 New AdditionalAttributes property can be used to further customize the CLI commands of the
Sesam applications.

New features in Sesam Manager version 6.4-02

 New analysis type for Sestra activities: Dynamic analysis

 New analysis type for Sestra activities: Contact Gap

 Improved error detection in activity log files.

 New job template: spectral fatigue

 New icon theme

5.2 Structural analysis tools

This chapter lists the new features for GeniE and programs for structural analysis of fixed and floating
structures. These include Wajac, Splice, Sestra, Framework, Stofat, Xtract, Sesam Converter and Patran-
Pre.

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5.2.1 GeniE Version 7.3-15

Analysis definition

 Support ABS wind profile in Wave load run

 Run HGLA from GeniE

 SoilUtilityTool integrated into GeniE.

 Implement support for calculation of peak skin friction and tip resistance API1993

 Splice revision V mode from GeniE

CodeCheck - Frames

 Code check: EC3, member classification improvement

 Include torsion warping effect to the non-tubular section code check

 Implement member sub option for 'Warping effect' and add to GUI for non-tubular section code
check

 Code check: API WSD joint check, improve print of 'Lc' and 'rfac' for double skin grouted joint

 Update members (GUI included)

Code Check - Plates

 New code check for DNV GL Rules

 Yield strength assessment of flanges

 Partial update of panels

 FE fatigue check in GeniE (very fine mesh)

Loads

 Add an option to use Velocity Component Approach in area wind force calculation

 Implement the Velocity Component Approach method for area wind force calculations

FEM Import

 Domain Model importer supporting Loads

 Domain model import supporting FEM import with general transformation and/or name prefix

Geometry

 Create Bezier curve from two points and normal vectors on them

 Cubic Polynomial from two points and two tangent vectors

Graphics

 Improved verification of loads

 Display loads as sections with labels

GUI

 GUI for panels update

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 Add line colour setting for FEM Shells

 Add ability to change colour for plate edges

 Replace the S (Simplify Topology) and V (Verify Model) icons in toolbar

 Separate browser folder for dynamic sets

 Add control over display of load graphics for line and surface loads

 Turn off visibility for various FEM elements in Results with Mesh view

 Pile capacity plot in GeniE

 Allow the user to label angle in mesh view

 Create tick box in analysis dialog box, allowing the user to turn off load generation on mesh

 Deleting results when starting mesh editing will no longer allow undo due to performance

Guiding geometry

 Projection of one or more curves onto a plane

Loads

 Marine Growth as function of Z level in import relative to seabed

 Load annotations in graphics view

 Select compartments and auto generate load cases for input to HydroD

Meshing

 Automatically convert loads to mass

Reporting

 Report function to (optionally) loop through selected structure sets for Structure and Loads

 Envelope of user defined list of Loadcases / load combinations

 Add set and load looping to FEM and Codecheck chapters

 Add option for 2 pictures per page

 To add 3 new columns to the GeniE browser for LoadCase related to load-to-mass

Structure

 Implement Divide by box

 Support for beams in Divide by box

SACS Import

 Activate Domain Model Importer

 Read pile end bearing area and convert it as a compression factor for the Q-Z curve

 Dialog to be harmonized with FEM import dialog

 Increase the limits of the converted SEA cards to 3000

 Convert unsymmetrical Q-Z curves

 Add option for wind calculation approach


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XML & GNX

 Default properties and active analyses are stored on XML

 If model has not been modified, do not ask user to save when closing workspace. Feature limited
to GNX database

 GNX shall always contain FEM file(s)

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5.2.2 GeniE Version 7.4-18

Analysis definition

 Update plate and stiffener properties - Update FEM file directly (no HGLA)

 Update HGLA setup dialog with new values

 New option to make HGLA produce an L1.FEM file

 In Wajac input support new option OPT13 on OPTI card

 Analysis set-up should include option SIN, SIU or SIF result file (SIN is default)

 Hooking up complex result cases created from importing a Result SIN file

Code Check (General)

 Capacity manager - Improve workflow

o In the Capacity Manager view, the user should be able to right-click on selected
panels/members/joints and execute code check for these only.

o "Generate Code Check Loads" will be automatically executed as part of the "Execute
Code Check" when needed.

 Enable Run All option from Capacity folder

Frame Code Check

 AISC 2005, Calculation of Cw for double symmetric I/H profiles modified

 AISC ASD 9th, implement check of cross section type General and Bar

 Beam code check of complex result cases

 CSR BC&OT - Stainless steel shall not be assigned the minimum corrosion addition

Plate Code Check

 FE Fatigue check in GeniE (very fine mesh) CSR BC&OT - Integration with Nauticus Hull

o Recognition of variants of cruciform joint models

o Support Hatch Corner Radiused Edge fatigue export

 Rule update for DNVGL rules - Minimum value of corrosion addition

 Run CSR BC&OT and DNVGL rules in parallel with preparing the code check

 Join many panels on the context sensitive menu

 Merge and divide capacity panels

Data exchange

 Export of S#.FEM file together with T#.FEM and L#.FEM

Environment

 Improved pile capacity plot in GeniE

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FEM Import

 Add auto mesh density when importing FEM (BDF) file

Graphics

 Result presentation - Improvements in labelling and colour coding

 Colour code of Code Check results on structure model

 Colour coding Equipment Name and Equipment Weight

 Implement colour coding and labelling of hinges

GUI

 Improve dialog for defining complex load combinations

 Wind profile GUI should grey out the reference height field if Extreme or Extreme API21 is
selected

 Rotational spring stiffness (support/hinge) should display unit that is used (radians)

 Add "Element Material Yield" colour code query for mesh view

 Make colour code visible model only the default

 Add FEM Load display/hide button

Meshing

 Improve meshing around holes

 Detail box - improvements

 When "divide by box", set advancing front mesher on surrounding concepts for improved mesh.

 Update DetailBox classes (concept, scripting, xml) to support unsymmetric dimensions

 Add GUI support for splitting geometry along detail box

 CSR BC&OT - Stainless steel shall not be assigned the minimum corrosion addition

SACS Import

 Add leg extensions below mudline to a separate set

 Create spring to ground supports based on ELASTI definition on the SACS input

 Modify wishbone with joints at different locations

 Add one line with speed = 0 on current profile to make it complete when SACS CURR lines not
including the line for 0 speed

Structure

 CSR BC&OT - Stainless steel shall not be assigned the minimum corrosion addition

XML & GNX

 Change default workspace in GeniE to GNX

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5.2.3 Wajac Version 6.8-08

New features

 Print out the weight of equipment and point masses separately in LIS file

 Support ABS wind profile through IFRM parameter in WIND/WINX

 Support a new approach of calculating the wind forces based on Projected Pressure Approach

 Improved marine growth modelling in hydrodynamic loads, added mass and printed weight, only
limited for deterministic analyse

 Output transfer functions of base-shear force and overturning moment in a file named as
TRF.OUT

 Increase the maximum number of SEA cards, CRNT cards and WIND/WINX cards to be 3000

 Increase the maximum number of global load cases to be 200000

 Increase the maximum number of FRQ card to be 196

 Re-arrange the location of issued warning messages for input Cd and Cm in LIS file

 The averaged values of CD/CM coefficients and drag/inertia diameters printed in LIS file for
members defined in MPRT cards are weighted with length

5.2.4 Wajac Version 6.9-05

New features

 Dry weight of marine growth is included in hydrodynamic load calculation for deterministic
analyses

 Update Wajac User Manual: Specify that only equipment modelled as loadcase-independent
mass is reported.

5.2.5 Wajac Version 7.0-01

New features

 Marine growth thickness is included (added to the equivalent diameter) in WIND calculation

 Individual Doppler effect can now be applied per sea-state through 13th parameter of SEAOPT
card

 Reference height for WIND profile ID's equal 2 or 3 are set to 10m by default. Any specified
reference height will not be taken into account

 Z-coordinates of current profile are used for determination of load calculation points

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 Buoyancy force for marine growth is calculated using rational method. Consequently, nodal loads
(values on BNLOAD cards) will be altered if marine growth is present at member ends, also
distributed loads (values on BELOAD1 cards) will be altered

5.2.6 Splice Version 7.2-01

New features

 Print of Pile Capacity Data per Pile

 Automatically determine which pile to use to calculate Linear Equivalent Stiffness Matrices
(LESM)

 Increased Number of Soil Layers to 450

 Calculation of Pile Material Strength Utilization by Two Different Codes

 Automatic Calculation of Pile Axial Capacity by 3 Different Methods

 New p-y and t-z Curves Applicable for e.g. Calcareous Sand

5.2.7 Splice Version 7.3-02

New features

 Support soil curves creation based on API RP-2A 22nd (also API RP-2GEO (2011))

 Support P-Y curve creation of soft clay based on API 22nd edition

 Included updated T-Z curves of sand based on API RP 2A-22nd edition

 Allows user to define the initial modulus of subgrade reaction k of sand in the new code API RP
2A-22nd edition.

 Added support for Q-Z curve based on API RP 2A-22nd edition

 Updated default k value according to 2GEO to support P-Y curve creation based on API RP 2A-
22nd edition

5.2.8 Sestra Version 10.1-00

The Sestra 10.1 release specifically targets computationally efficient time-domain and frequency-domain
dynamic forced-response analyses. Compared to Sestra 8.8-2 it features new core implementations with
significantly improved computational performance. Sestra 10.1 supports

 direct time-domain dynamic analysis

 frequency-domain dynamic analyses

Sestra 10.1 supports single superelement analysis. Furthermore, Sestra 10.1 poses some limitations on
element types, materials, and certain other features. For full support of all standard Sesam finite
element analyses and features, Sestra 8.8-02 is included with the Sestra 10.1 installation. The Sestra
8.8-02 documentation is also included within the documentation folder of the Sestra 10.1 installation.
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When an analysis is performed using Sestra 10.1, any analysis of unsupported type will be routed
automatically to Sestra 8.8-2. However, note that if a supported analysis type is attempted for a model
with unsupported elements or other unsupported features, it will not be automatically routed to Sestra
8.8-2. In this case, the Sestra 10.1 listing file contains an error message and the analysis must be run
by manually selecting Sestra 8.8-2.

Further, tension compression- and gap/contact- analyses use Sestra 8.8-02 manually (from GeniE or
from Sesam Manager). See the Sestra 8.8-02 user manual for a full description of analyses available in
Sestra.

New features (also including the Sestra 10.0 release)

 New implementation of direct dynamic frequency-domain and time-domain analysis providing


significant performance improvements

 Support for multiple interconnected non-structural elements without use of the superelement
modelling technique

 Features to facilitate dynamic spectral fatigue analysis:

o specification of periodic loading conditions (direct time-domain dynamic analysis),

o automatic detection of steady state (direct time-domain dynamic analysis),

o calculation of base shear and overturning moment

o calculation of response-amplitude operators (RAOs) for base shear and overturning


moment

5.2.9 Framework Version 3.13-00

New features

 New SCF formula of DNVGL-RPC203-2014 for butt-weld and conical transition

 Implement Torsethaugen wave specrum for fatigue analysis

 Support Hs-Tp spectrum in CHANGE Wave Statistics menu

 Allow P-M and Jonswap spectrum to use Hs-Tp type of scatter diagram

 Support Percentage input option to CREATE-Wave Statistics

 Add ISO 19902:2007 SN curves

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5.2.10 Framework Version 3.14-01

New features

 Support Direct Deterministic Fatigue analysis

 Support multiple way of combining stress ranges

 Add a dump print report of response spectrum RMS, Cycle in fatigue

 Improve printout when reading Sets and Sections

 Report error and avoid program crashing when load combination is wrong

 Create partial damage file for spectral fatigue and deterministic fatigue

 Add a new rule to determine chord member of a brace

 WindFat: Extensions of command ASSIGN WIND-FATIGUE GUST-DIRECTION-MOMENT

 WindFat: New commands ASSIGN WIND-FATIGUE WIDE-BAND-CORRECTION

5.2.11 Stofat Version 3.5-08

New features

 Fatigue check points at centre positions of elements

 Torsethaugen Wave Spectrum

 Dump Print of Stress Range Exceedance

 Print of Long Term Response

5.2.12 Xtract Version 5.1-08

New features

 GeniE alignment: Revamp of how to define sets

 GeniE alignment: Alt+B toggles between white and black background

 GeniE alignment: Buttons and function keys F5 - F9 for view positions

 Model (node and element) and results information by hovering

 Improvements to Command and message window

 Context-sensitive commands by right-clicking in the browser

 Limit result values shown to above, below, between and outside ranges

 Start Xtract Viewer from Xtract

 Unwrapping a results table to a single line per item (node/element)

 Option 'alloccurrences' when graphing nodal results over occurrences

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5.2.13 Sesam Converter Version 2.2-01

New features

 Conversion of load cards of type FORCE, MOMENT, PLOAD4, GRAV now supports coordinates
systems (CID field)

 Conversion of point masses of type CONM1 and CONM2 now supports coordinates systems (CID
field)

 It is now possible to reset number for property numbering when converting from BDF to FEM

 Log files now contain whole command line that was used by the converter during the conversion

 Converter will now report ids of the coordinate systems that were queried and have not been
found or are not supported to the log file as warnings

 Patran session files generated by Femap are now properly converted to groups in FEM

 Nodal displacements conversion is now supported by converter. (BNDISPL to SPCD cards)

5.2.14 Patran-Pre Version 2016.0-01

Update based on MSC Patran Version 2016. Note that this release replaces Patran-Pre 2010.2-03, which
is not available for download anymore.

New features

 Model Browser Tree

 New One Click Options

 Model Contents

 Accessing C and Fortan through PCL

 Fatal Error Reporting System

 Added support for Abaqus C3D10i elements

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5.3 Hydrodynamic analysis tools

This section describes the updates in all the hydrodynamic tools. This includes HydroD, Wadam, Wasim
and Postresp.

5.3.1 HydroD 4.8


This version of HydroD was released with Wadam 9.2 and Wasim 9.4 and the main purpose was to
support the new features in those two programs.

New features

- Support Wadam forward speed correction. New example included.

- Support Wasim time domain structural analysis.

- Support Wasim stream function.

- Wasim off body points to calculate wave kinematics.

- Support Wasim wave added resistance computation.

- Support Wasim single wave component run for wave added resistance computation.

- Show time history of drift force from a Wasim run.

- Support Wasim non-complex load transfer

5.3.2 Wadam 9.2


The main new feature in this release is that Wadam can now handle small forward speeds/Wave current
interaction.

Additional new features

- Number of panels on free surface increased from 3000 to 10000.

- Complete Wamit_5s.out file. This makes the interface to Orcaflex seamless.

- Added mass and restoring coefficients include effect of internal fluid dynamics.

5.3.3 Wasim 9.4


The main new feature is that Wasim can now compute the mean drift force, which with forward speed is
more commonly called Added resistance.

Additional new features

- Output both wave elevation point and wave elevation transfer functions in *FourierG1.SIF files

- Support wave kinematics at user defined offbody points

- Support Non-complex load output in Wasim_STRU for frequency domain load transfer

- Support time domain structural analyses by writing a S file including continuous snapshot series,
i.e. full time domain load transfer to Sestra

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5.3.4 HydroD 4.9/HydroMesh 3.0
The purpose of this version of HydroD is to support the new features in Wadam 9.3. An important part is
the free surface meshing functionality in HydroMesh. This will also be important for second-order
analysis and Wadam with forward speed, where a free surface mesh is needed.

New features

- Support more wave frequencies, wave directions, wave phase angles and panels

- Support damping surfaces and fixed lids for Wadam analysis

- Improved interface to HydroMesh for easy creation of: 1.damping surfaces and fixed lids; 2.free
surface mesh for offbody kinematics; 3.free surface mesh for Second-order and Wave Drift
Damping analysis

- Easy creation of damping surfaces for multi-body models

- Support ITTC roll damping model

- Compute sectional loads on body 1 of multi-body model

- Support combination of fixed and floating bodies in multi-body model

- More flexible mesh-creation from section model

- Compute Morison forces based on diffracted wave for floating structures

5.3.5 Wadam 9.3


This is the first 64-bit version of Wadam, which has made it possible to extend many limitations.

Major new features

- Support damping lid on exterior free surface. This is used to avoid excessive resonant responses
in narrow gaps or moonpools

- Irregular frequency removal with user defined inner free surface lid

- Extended limitations

o Maximum number of panels increased from 15000 to 50000

o Maximum number of frequencies increased from 60 to 200

o Maximum number of headings increased from 36 to 73

o Maximum number of phase angles increased from 12 to 72

- Improvements for multi-body analysis

o Combination of floating and fixed bodies in one analysis

o Sectional loads are available for the first body in a multibody analysis

- Load transfer for forward speed

- Support new strip roll damping model according to ITTC 2001

Minor new features

- Pressure is put 0 for elements above the free surface of tanks in quasi-static method

- Remove some print from minimum print and normal print


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- Add print of the strip model, bilge keel and GZ curve to normal print

- Quadratic damping in Wadam is aligned with Wasim

- Enable use of Diffracted Morison in frequency domain and for floating structures

5.3.6 Postresp 6.6


The purpose of this release is to be able to read and process much larger datasets.

New features:

- Support simplified Torsethaugen spectrum

- More flexible on handling large input database file

- Allow more than 999 offbody points

o Option for skipping particle kinematics responses

- Enable reading a large number of G#.SIF files

- User defined duration for second-order statistics

- Maximum number of response spectra increased to 99999

5.3.7 HydroD 5.0


This is a completely new program for stability analysis. This new version of HydroD will later be
enhanced with support for hydrodynamic analysis and replace HydroD 4.x.

Main features:

- Efficient definition of loading condition and damages

- Very robust computation methods

- Intact and damage stability analysis with support for all major stability codes

- Strength analysis (computation of sectional load distribution)

- Maximum KG analysis (AVCG analysis)

- Flexible report engine

- Templates for plots, tables and reports

- Watertight and weathertight integrity surfaces

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5.4 Marine dynamics tools

This section describes the updates in all the tools part of the marine dynamics package. This includes
DeepC, Sima, Simo and Riflex.

5.4.1 DeepC Version 5.1-03


New Features

 Allow vessel without hydrodynamic coefficients: By this feature, it is possible to include a coupled
motion vessel without reading a SIF file. Hydrostatic restoring data may now be specified or
modified in the vessel dialog.

 Boundary change: This feature can be used to do one part of an analysis with one boundary
condition, and the rest with another. This is possible both for static and dynamic analyses.

 Damping specification: Enables the user to specify cross sectional damping properties of the
following types:

o Mass proportional damping

o Stiffness proportional damping

o Axial damping properties

5.4.2 Sima Version 3.3-03


New features

 Support FEM file format from GeniE. The user may now use FEM file as a 3D geometry.

 Implement waypoint. The user may create several waypoints and choose between creating a
path with straight lines and circular arcs or with Line of Sight algorithm.

 The peaks filter should output the time for each of the peaks

 Quick result checks. Basic result plots are now stored directly in the result folders under
conditions. The user may also plot them directly from the result folder.

 Enable setting start sample in window operation

 Join two signals. It is now possible to join two signals in the post-processor.

 Implement selected X axis manipulation. 'Scale' and 'Add constant' filters can now select to
which axis the transformation should be applied.

 Sorting of non-equidistant signals. Signals may now be sorted based on the x- or y-axis. In
ascending and descending order.

 Splitting of signals. Signals may now be split into two equidistant arrays.

 Re-enable animation image export from 3D

 Find crossing point. It is now possible to detect zero crossings about a given threshold. This can
be used to detect events in the signal. See Zero crossing operation in the post processor

 Include better fatigue example in SIMA. The fatigue example has been updated to include pipe-
stress calculations and a more realistic model.

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 Create math expression with two parameters. It is now possible to create a generic mathematical
expression with two input in the post processor

 Element angle improvements. It is now possible to get element angles in the post processor.
Choose an element and the appropriate plane and axis in dynamic storage.

 Support non-equidistant signals when exporting to excel. Exporting to Excel now also supports
non-equidistant and single-value-signals.

 Basic QTF import in SIMO. It is now possible to include quadratic transfer functions in a SIMO
analysis. The user can point to a file with the QTF defined on sys file format

 Resampling of Non-equidistant signals. The user may now use the resample operation to create
equidistant signals from non-equidistant signals.

 Bending-torsion coupling in geometric stiffness. Added option for coupling of bending/torsion in


geometric stiffness for CRS0,1,2,3,4 elements with linear material properties.

 Enable file flow in workflow. The users may now inspect files comping from a condition run in
workflow. See output tab in the condition operation. Add name of wanted file there.

 Run external control systems with simulation. It is now possible to set up and run SIMO models
with external DP systems that utilizes the MTDP interface. This enables users and third party
developers to integrate their own DP systems in SIMO simulations.

 Enable creation of folders on top level. It is now possible to create folders on top level and drag
and drop tasks into to these. This way the user may group relevant tasks together

 Support 3D graphics in workflow. The user may now create input to the 3D view from workflow.
Add a 3D View box in the workflow and input a 3 degree of freedom or 6 degree of freedom
position signal and assign a 3D geometry to visualize.

 Keep task order when exporting. The order of tasks in a workspace is now kept when exporting.

 Add wind method to SIMO dynamic calculation parameters. The method for generating wind time
series can now be set for SIMO models in the dynamic calculation parameters. Three options are
available: No wind, FFT (default) and State space model.

 Create coordinate system transform in post processor. The user may now define a custom
coordinate system and transform input position to this system. See Coordinate System
Transform in post processor.

 Reorder operation in post processor. It is now possible to reorder signals within the post
processor. Select the reorder operation and use drag and drop to reorder the signals.

 Enable snapshots of 3D graphics in report. 3D view of a model can now be included in the report.

 Enable creation of custom editors. Users may now create their own custom editors.
New->Custom Editor Task, and new Custom Editor. Right click the custom editor, and select
"open in edit mode", to create customized user interface.

 Disable lines in RIFLEX model. It is now possible to disable selected lines in RIFLEX.

 Create Sum operation in Postprocessor. Sum operation is added to the postprocessor.

 Enable continuous run of Stamod in SIMO. It is now possible to run static analysis continuously
when the model is changed. See static calculation parameters.

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 Copy and paste of workflow and post processor nodes and connections. The user may now copy
and paste boxes and connections in the post processor and workflow diagrams. The user has to
select two slots to paste a connection.

 Add Note to post processor. Notes are now also available in the post processor.

5.4.3 Simo Version 4.8-07


New features

 Improved eigenmode calculations

 MTDP system changes. The MTDP functionality for external DP systems have been changed so
that SIMO is now the server in the TCP/IP communication.

 Coordinate system for stiffness forces. Stiffness forces are now presented in body related
coordinate system.

5.4.4 Riflex Version 4.8-07


New features

 Flex-joint with free torsional rotation

 Drag amplification input to STAMOD

 3D seafloor friction

 Second order wave kinematics for short-crested seas

 Irregular simulation without waves

 Irregular simulation with only low frequency motions

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5.5 Pipeline analysis tools

5.5.1 Simbuck Version 2.0-02


New features

 The “VAS” sheet allows the user to perform a probabilistic buckling analysis based on a Monte
Carlo framework.

 The pipeline configuration (straight sections, horizontal curve and locations of rock cover) and
trigger locations (vertical triggers and user defined buckling loads) may be specified by the user.

 Pressure and temperature profiles may be specified by the user.

 The distributions for axial and lateral frictions may be specified by the user.

 The buckling loads and the pipe-soil interaction is treated probabilistically in the analysis. That is,
the buckling loads and soil characteristics are generated element-wise.

 The VAS sheet gives probability distributions as output. For instance, the probability of having a
certain number of buckles, probability of buckling locations, probability of having a certain end
expansion.

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5.6 OWT foundation analysis

5.6.1 Fixed OWT foundation - Fatigue Manager Version 3.5-244


New Features

 Enable superelement generation in the Cloud

 BHawC superelement directions to be consistent with Bladed

 Bladed superelement conversion in Bladed coordinate system

 Improve Cloud login time: For large loud storage sizes it is now faster to login and transfer files
to the Cloud.

 Support new Bladed header file format with TAB (\t) instead of " ": Fatigue Manager now handles
Bladed files with space and tab as separator.

 Enable Sestra 10's new Direct Time Integration calculation method to be run from Fatigue
Manager

5.6.2 Floating OWT structures


New Features (please also refer to Chapter 5.4.2 on Sima)

 Aerodynamic drag coefficients in RIFLEX. Aerodynamic drag coefficient input for RIFLEX cross
sections has been implemented (except for fish net) into Sima.

 Downwind wind-turbine in RIFLEX. Downwind wind-turbine has been implemented in RIFLEX and
is included in Sima.

 Improved efficiency of reading IECWind and TurbSim binary files

o The routines used for reading IECWind (.bin) and TurbSim (.wnd) binary files have been
improved with respect to efficiency.

 Element-airfoil correspondence outside of wind turbines

o An error in the selection of airfoil characteristics for elements which are not part of a
wind turbine blade has been corrected.

 Corrected aerodynamic pitching moment in Riflex

 Improved efficiency of reading IECWind and TurbSim binary files in Riflex

 Element-airfoil correspondence outside of wind turbines

 Morison-type aerodynamic drag forces

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6 OTHER PRODUCT INFORMATION

In addition to the new features several reported program bugs have been corrected. These are documented
in the Release Note of each Sesam program. For more details see the Customer Portal. Simply select a
program module and select the Update category. The example below shows how to find the update
information for HydroD version 4.9-02.

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For programs like e.g. GeniE, HydroD, DeepC and Sima the release notes are part of the installations.
Simply click on Help -> Help Topics -> Release notes (GeniE is used as an example).

By clicking “Release Notes” you will get access to the details.

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7 TECHNICAL NOTES

7.1 Supported Operating Systems


The Sesam May 2017 Release has been tested on the following operating systems:

 Windows 7, 64 bit operating system


 Windows 8.1, 64 bit operating system
 Windows 10, 64 bit operating system
 Note that the programs marked “Non-maintained” in Chapter 8 have not been tested on neither
Windows 8.1 nor Windows 10

It is particularly noted that the Sesam Pipeline Tools package does not support Windows 10, Office 365
nor any 64 bit version of MS Office (see also Chapter 8).

7.2 Recommended Hardware Configurations


This chapter gives two recommendations on hardware as well as more details on graphic drivers that
should be used together with Sesam.

Minimum Hardware Recommendation

This configuration is typical for tasks normally limited to beam jacket and topside design analyses
including wave and pile/soil analysis. The configuration is also applicable when making super-elements
built up of shells and beams. Furthermore, hydrostatic and smaller hydrodynamic analysis (frequency
domain) can also be carried out.
 Graphic card: Open GL compatible. May be integrated with processor (e.g. Intel HD
 Memory: 4 GB

 Processor: Dual core


 Storage: 200 GB
 Display: 17” supporting 1280x1024, alternatively laptop 15” supporting 1280x1024
 64 bit version of Windows operating system
Preferred Hardware Recommendation

This configuration should be used for all other tasks than mentioned above.
 Graphic card: Separate Open GL compatible graphics card (NVIDIA or ATI) with 512MB graphics
memory. If not OpenGL support, use DX9 as provided in the Sesam installation
 Memory: 16 GB
 Processor: Quad core
 Storage: 500 GB
 Display: 24” supporting 1900x1200 (or-1080), alternatively laptop 17” supporting 1900x1200
(or-1080)
 64 bit version of Windows operating system

Terminology
This documentation refers to “graphics drivers” and “GeniE graphics drivers”.
The graphics driver is the system level software provided by your Graphics Card supplier (most likely
Intel, NVIDIA or ATI) to interface between Windows and the GPU. This is supplied with your operating
system or graphics card.

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The GeniE graphics driver is the software used by GeniE to interface with the graphics driver defined
above and is supplied with GeniE.

GeniE Graphics Drivers


DirectX 11 (DX11) is the preferred GeniE graphics driver and it is the default on installation. This driver
will produce the best visual 3D graphics, and has the best performance.
If your system doesn’t have DirectX 11 installed, you may download it from Microsoft.com.
The other GeniE graphics driver are DirectX 9, OpenGL2 and OpenGL. You may select to use either one
of these in the GeniE view settings dialog, or you can let GeniE select the one that is best suited for your
system – the “Auto” setting.

Driver Fallback/OpenGL on Intel GPUs


Each time a workspace is opened GeniE detects if there are any problems reported with the current
GeniE driver and if so falls back to another GeniE driver until eventually software rendering is used. The
word ‘Fallback’ will be shown in the title bar if this has happened.
Due to problems with Intel’s graphics drivers GeniE also attempts to detect if it is being run on an Intel
GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) and if so it falls back to the GeniE DX9 driver if possible or to the GeniE
OpenGL Software driver. The latter provides no GPU hardware acceleration and so will be slow for large
graphical datasets.
This test is done each time a workspace is opened so that on hybrid systems where an Intel GPU is
paired with NVIDIA or ATI, GeniE will run the driver specified in the GeniE options on NVIDIA or ATI
card, but will fall back if a workspace is opened with the Intel GPU active.

When to Consider Upgrading Your Graphics Driver


It is strongly advised you upgrade your graphics driver if
• you are using an old system (>3 years) and have not upgraded the driver
• you have installed Windows 8/10 on hardware introduced prior to Windows 8/10
• you encounter graphics problems within GeniE
Although it is perhaps stating the obvious, if you have no graphics problems using GeniE there is no
need to upgrade your graphics driver. It is always possible that a newer version of a driver may have
bugs not in your current version.
Upgrading the graphics driver is usually best done via the Display Adapter properties dialog in Windows
Device Manager.

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7.3 Supported Beam Code Check Standards
GeniE v7.3 supports the following standards (and their revisions) for beam member code check and
punching shear check of tubular joints:
 AISC ASD 1989 – the AISC 9th edition
 AISC ASD, 2005 (2010 version also supported, no changes in 2010 which affects the
implementation) – the AISC 13th edition
 AISC LRFD, 2005 (2010 version also supported, no changes in 2010 which affects the
implementation)
 API RP2A WSD 2002
 API RP2A WSD 2005 inclusive Errata/Supplement 2007
 API-RP2A WSD 2014
 API RP2A LRFD, 2003 (withdrawn by API)
 Danish Standard DS412, 1983 / DS449, 1983 (member code check only)
 Eurocode 3, EN 1993-1-1, 2005/AC:2009 with National Annexes :
o Norwegian: NS-EN 1993-1-1:2005/NA:2008/AC:2010
o Danish: EN 1993-1-1 DK NA:2007
 ISO 19902, 1st Edition, 2007
 NORSOK N-004, Rev 2, 2004
 NORSOK N-004, Rev 3, 2013

You may find more information about supported beam code check standards from GeniE Help – either in
the user documentation (Volume 4) or from the relevant reference documents.

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8 LIST OF SESAM PROGRAMS

The table below shows the revision numbers for each program part of the Sesam 2015 Release. The
programs that are noted “Not part of Release” may be downloaded from the Customer Portal.

Program Version number Note

Sesam Manager
Sesam Manager 6.5-01 32 bit program
Application Version Manager 3.1-01 32 bit program
License Manager 11.13-03

Structure analysis tools


GeniE 7.4-18 64 bit program
Wajac 7.0-01 32 bit program
Sestra 10.1-00 64 bit program – includes Sestra 8.8-2 for all
analyses except direct dynamic analyses
(time-domain and frequency-domain forced
response analyses)
Splice 7.3-02 32 bit program
Installjac 8.2-00 32 bit program
Framework 3.14-01 32 bit program
Platework 1.8-03 32 bit program
Submod 3.2-02 32 bit program
Usfos 8.8-01 64 bit program
Cutres 1.5-03 32 bit program
Stofat 3.5-08 32 bit program
Presel 7.5-01 32 bit program
Xtract 5.1-08 64 bit program
Sesam Converter 2.2-01 32 bit program
Nastran to Sesam 1.0-09 32 bit program
Sesam RAO 1.0-00 32 bit program
Staad2SESAM 1.2-01 32 bit program
Bpopt 5.8-04 32 bit program
Prefem 7.1-07 32 bit program - non-maintained program
Preframe 7.0-04 32 bit program - non-maintained program
Profast 2.2-06 32 bit program
Patran-Pre 2016.0-01 64 bit program - Not part of the release – can
be downloaded from Customer Portal

Hydrodynamic tools
HydroD 4.9-02 32 bit program
HydroD5 5.0-07 64 bit program – hydrostatic analysis only
HydroMesh 3.0-02 32 bit program
Wadam 9.3-07 64 bit program
Wasim 5.4-09 64 bit program
Waveship 6.2-05 32 bit program
Postresp 6.6-02 32 bit program
Postresp_time 6.1-10 32 bit program
Waloco 5.4-09 32 bit program

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Program Version number Note

Marine dynamics tools


DeepC 5.1-03 64 bit program
Sima 3.3-03 64 bit program
Simo 4.8-07 64 bit program
Riflex 4.8-07 64 bit program
Vivana 4.8-07 64 bit program – part of the Riflex
installation
Mimosa 6.3-08 32 bit program
Helica 2.5-01 32 bit program

Sesam Pipeline
FatFree 12.0-03 32 bit program – note that it does not
support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version
StableLines 1.5-02 32 bit program – note that it does not
support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version

PET 4.0-02 32 bit program – note that it does not


support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version

OS-F101 3.3-01 32 bit program – note that it does not


support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version

SimBuck 2.0-02 32 bit program – note that it does not


support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version

RP-F101 1.0-01 32 bit program – note that it does not


support Win 10, nor MS Office 365/2016 nor
any 64 bit version of MS Office. It requires
MS Office 2010 32 bit version

OWT foundation analysis


Fatigue Manager 3.5-244 32 bit program - in addition to package
Sesam Jacket Package

Other
Siftool 8.3-10
Prepost 8.3-00

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