GHS applies directly to many of the most common concerns of the naval architect. The first principles of Naval Architecture deal with the geometry of ship hulls, curves of form, hydrostatic properties, intact and damage stability and longitudinal bending. These are precisely the things addressed by GHS.
While GHS is not the only computer program which serves naval architects with these calculations, it is more directly based on the underlying principles of naval architecture and less concerned with traditional methods (which often involve approximations). As a result, GHS applies not only to traditional ships but also to any floating structure; hence its name, "General HydroStatics".
Designed to be flexible as well as rigorous in its application of the principles of naval architecture, GHS and its derivative programs GLM and BHS are also well suited to the needs of yacht designers, vessel operators and salvage engineers.