Setup and manage catenary data quickly and easily

WinCAT is a web application used for the analysis of hanging cable systems - such as offshore moorings, umbilicals and flexible risers. WinCAT makes the setting up and managing of catenary data extremely easy, even for someone unfamiliar with cable systems.

WinCAT is very powerful but is also easy to use.

WinCAT Features

  • Easy set-up with user friendly data input screens.
  • Multiple line sections with different properties for each.
  • In-built database of line properties (chain, wire, etc.)
  • User additions to database for lines, anchors, units etc.
  • Switchable units (Metric/Imperial) for input and results.
  • Interactive plots that can be readily modified through the on-screen forms.
  • Comprehensive results presented in tabular format.
  • Fully featured print layout capabilities and print preview.

WinCAT is a new generation analysis tool designed to put capability into the hands of those responsible for  making planning and operational decisions as well as engineers, designers and specialists.


The Dashboard shows all existing projects within the system. Selecting a project will load the project edit screen with the Catenary Lines summary allowing the data to be modified, or the catenary results to be computed.

From here a user can create a new project which leads into the sequence of data entry windows which allows new catenary lines to be set up, or import a file which will create a new project with information and Catenary Line setup extracted from the file.

New Data Creation

The create new data sequence, steps through the following series of data entry windows: Project Details, Catenary Setup, Line Composition, Section Details, Line Deployment, Catenary Lines.

Catenary Setup

Catenary Setup allows for setting up or editing the details of a catenary line. WinCAT can handle the data for any number of catenary lines. All lines are Enabled by default. If the enabled check is cleared, then the catenary line becomes dormant. The data is retained, but no results are computed or are available for printing.

Line Composition

A line is composed of one or more sections which are identified by their number. Every line must have a section which is attached to the vessel at the surface. All the sections defined for a line are shown in WinCAT under the Line Composition tab where the Line Type, Nominal Size, Length and Node Type are summarised.

Results Table

The Results Table located under the Catenary Plots shows the numeric output from the computations for one catenary line in an easily understood tabular format. The results table can be included in the printed output, and the content and order of the results table can be customised so that only the information relevant to a particular analysis is given. Where there are several catenary lines in the dataset the Results Table relates to the selected Catenary Plot.

Catenary Plot Tabs

The Catenary Plot tabs display the output from the computations in a series of tabs, one for each catenary line. The WinCAT catenary plots are accurately drawn and can be included in the printed output. Line Details provides a quick way to access the Catenary Setup for modifying the data of the selected catenary.

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