When first used within Emirates Team New Zealand, it was simply known as “Dan’s VPP”. As its use grew, it clearly needed its own identity. Dan spent a weekend trying to come up with a catchy name, but the one he chose was ridiculed by the team, and will never be mentioned again! “So, what […]
To drive Gomboc in dynamics mode as a simulator, it’s easiest to use a steering wheel. Any wheel that supports DirectInput can be used – although we may well be able to add a customisation to run something else. For a desk set-up, we recommend a Logitech G29, which is relatively inexpensive, has force feedback, […]
A paid Gomboc licence includes support to help you get set-up and answer any questions you have using the software, over the duration of the licence period. If you need more extensive support, for example, building models or making customisations to suit your project, this will be charged at 85 EUR/hour.
To use Gomboc in dynamics mode, as a sailing simulator with an existing boat model, you need no experience at all – although some sailing skills would help! Running VPPs is a bit more involved, but once you understand the concepts of locking and unlocking parameters and choosing what you want to optimise, our GUI […]
Yes, if you’re not keen on building your own Gomboc boat model, we’d be very happy to build a model for you. Typically, it would take around 50 – 80 hours to build a model, and our time would be charged at 85 EUR/hour. However, it is very dependent on the data provided to us; […]
The easiest way is to start with an existing demo model supplied with Gomboc, then start modifying the different components. We can help you get started with this.
Yes. If you know in advance that you will be moving it from one machine to another, it’s easier if you let us know before installing your first licence. We don’t have an automatic procedure for removing a licence from an old machine, but can do this in a video call with you.
Yes, with a full Gomboc licence you can model any number of boats, unless otherwise specified in the licence terms. However, if you only need the licence to model a specific boat, we can sometimes offer a discount for this case.
Can I integrate external results, such as CFD hull data, or sail data from North Sails, into a Gomboc model?
Yes. Any data that provides forces – and optionally other outputs – as a function of parameters can be used. The data should be be organised into a PZ CSV format, where the columns represent parameters, forces and other outputs, and each row reports a condition (e.g. CFD run). As an example, you may have […]