Features

What is FLOATSOFT?

FLOATSOFT, is an analytical naval engineering calculations suite, designed to work along Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, providing hydrostatic analysis to aid ship design. FLOATSOFT interfaces with SOLIDWORKS and extends it’s functionality, allowing the user to test their designed hull in the intended conditions, inspect the stability, hydrostatics or hydrodynamic resistance reports, and modify the design on the fly.


Main features

Orienting and submerging a hull designed in SOLIDWORKS

FLOATSOFT takes the hull modeled in SOLIDWORKS, and allows you to “put it on the water”, using 7 distinct modes to set the orientation and waterline height based on the design data you have available.

Automatic draft adjustment to keep the design displacement

FLOATSOFT allows you to input the displacement (weight) of the vessel, and automatically adjusts the draft (waterline height) regardless of the heel and trim values, taking out the manual guesswork of trying to set the correct draft by hand.

Extensive and informative hydrostatic and stability reports

Once the hull is oriented and submerged, FLOATSOFT performs an analysis of up to 27 distinct hydrostatic properties – displacement, metacentric height, righting moments, block and prismatic coefficients, wetted surface area, entry angles, hull speed, and much more.

Natural buoyancy simulation with a given load location

“How will the vessel sit in the water in this load condition?” – is one of the most frequent real-life questions when designing a hull. FLOATSOFT answers it with the Simulate Natural Buoyancy mode that automatically sets the heel, trim and draft values based on the displacement and location of the Center of Mass.

Data comparisons and iteration through multiple design conditions

FLOATSOFT allows you to iterate through draft, displacement, heel or trim by a given step size to build arrays of information, such as draft tables, trim tables, stability curves, and much more. You can also compare hydrostatics reports for several different load or orientation conditions in just a few seconds.

Extensive customization for performance and accuracy

FLOATSOFT provides a wealth of model-specific settings that allow you to fine-tune the accuracy of the calculations versus performance, adjust how the model is interpreted, and enable or disable specific reports. Input and output data is supported in metric, imperial and nautical units of measurement.

Hydrodynamic resistance reports

FLOATSOFT now also features hydrodynamic resistance reports based on KAPER and HOLTROP methods that cover a wide range of hulls, allowing you to evaluate individual components of resistance at a given range of speeds.

Support for any hull type

FLOATSOFT supports for hulls of any size and shape: model boats, paddleboards, surfboards, dinghies, pontoons, barges, rowboats, powerboats, yachts, hydrofoilers, floatplanes, ferries, cargo ships, oil tankers, aircraft carriers, and so on.

Exporting report data

When analysis is complete, FLOATSOFT will allow you to export calculation results graphically in .png format, or numerically in .csv for usage with Microsoft Excel, Libre Office Calc or similar software.


Why choose FLOATSOFT?

Get the real-time analytical data to perfect an ongoing design project

FLOATSOFT brings all the neccessary analytical tools to evaluate and validate the hydrostatics of any hull, at any stage of the process, providing you with instant feedback on the hull changes, and helping you to make the right design decisions. No more tedious manual calculations or exporting and converting files outside SOLIDWORKS for analysis with other software – everything is one place.

Discover the optimal handling characteristics for existing ships to improve performance

With FLOATSOFT, you can easily see how the hydrostatic and hydrodynamic properties of already built vessels change with different heel, trim and displacement values, helping you discover the optimal load distribution and handling for the sweet spots of prismatic coefficient, wetted surface area, planing capabilities, maximum stability, and so on.

Build technical documentation to validate fresh-out-of-factory vessels and meet safety standards

FLOATSOFT provides most, if not all, naval design data required to build specifications and other technical documentation of vessels of any size and complexity, allowing to save time and costs associated with stability validation and adherence to naval safety standards. Whether you are designing a simple raft or a multi-million dollar tanker, FLOATSOFT will make sure it stays afloat.


Try it for free today

Get Your free 14-day evaluation version of FLOATSOFT. Download and run the application executable, follow the on-screen instructions, it takes only 5 minutes. Go to our knowledge base to explore all the features and capabilities.

Ready to purchase a license? Go to pricing page and choose best option for You, or contact us.

To learn about the SOLIDWORKS model requirements for FLOATSOFT, click here.
If you have any questions about FLOATSOFT, email us at info@floatsoft.net.