C-Job Naval Architects has published new research which shows time-to-market of superyachts can be reduced by up to four-and-a-half months.
The global independent ship design and engineering company believes it can achieve this via a new way of engineering superyachts through what they call the ‘Dynamic Platform’. This allows owners to still fully customize their vessel, while reducing engineering time.
The man behind this research is Stefan van der Harst, Junior Naval Architect at C-Job. He proposes disconnecting the engineering of the lower part of the vessel and the upper part of the vessel. Looking at the trending superyacht size: between 50 and 80 meters. The upper part of the vessel is unique to each owner whereas the lower part, non-owner spaces, show great commonality.
Stefan explains: “The lower part of the vessel houses more of the technical and crew areas. Space claiming is exerted by all three disciplines to get the right space reservation in the final design. However, a great portion of early design phases is consumed by iterating the design, this to solve all clashes and grid mismatches.”
The dynamic platform is a tool that is based on scale-to-order philosophy. The platform translates the owner’s wishes into a finished basic design global model of the lower part of the ship. It does this through three stages, each stage more detailed than the previous. In the first stage a default model is chosen, the second stage introduces modularity to cope with variations in arrangement and the third stage scales the model to the desired dimensions.
Stefan continues “By eliminating the ‘space claim clashes’ and ‘grid mismatches’ via the Dynamic platform in an early stage of design, a significant design time reduction can be found of up to four-and-a-half months. This is half of the average time it currently takes to engineer the concept and basic design phase.
“More research is needed to make the Dynamic Platform a reality, however, the first insights are promising. Not just for concept and basic design phases, detail engineering could benefit as well as yachts outside of the 50 to 80 meters ranges.”
C-Job is renowned for its innovative ship design and engineering and has a strong track-record in several industries including superyachts, ferries, dredging and offshore (wind). The company’s Research and Development department focuses on new ways to improve and be innovative with both its designs and creation process.
C-Job currently has six offices worldwide with its headquarters on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ship design company believes clients should be closely involved in the entire ship design process, as it benefits the end product. With multiple locations worldwide, C-Job is able to support their clients no matter where they’re based to develop new, innovative and sustainable solutions to their specifications.