SIMCAD is a simulator created by MSM that allows calculating and studying the viability of a mooring system under certain environmental and meteorological conditions. The program also allows issuing reports with the result of the calculations, thus it is a useful management tool for our clients.

The mooring system is calculated automatically in accordance with Recommendation R-0107 of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). The software allows both using the library of MSM’s standard buoys and creating new libraries with other equipment in order to perform the calculations according to the needs of the user.

Until now, all these calculations were done in a static system. However, with the update of the software, calculations of dynamic behaviour of the buoy can be made.

The new SIMCAD will have the following added functions:

  • Dynamic simulation of the sway of the buoy, obtaining the maximum list angle and the oscillation period.
  • Calculation of metacentric height and centre of buoyancy.
  • Verification that the vertical divergence of the beacon is sufficient with respect to the dynamic behaviour of the buoy.
  • Verification that the system does not enter into unstable resonance.

With these new functions, the new simulator SIMCAD of MSM will not only allow designing and calculating mooring systems, but it will also allow verifying that the choice of luminous beacon is correct, improving the beaconing and facilitating the work of the bodies responsible for Aids to Navigation around the world.

This program is available to all our customers. Kindly contact us for more information.