Lennard Bal

LENNARD BAL

With my background as a sailor in mind, I have always been particularly interested in yacht design and while studying Maritime Technology at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, I became more and more interested in the sustainability aspect. As Van Oossanen Naval Architects is one of the maritime companies at the leading edge of sustainability innovation when it comes to the application on yachts, I didn’t hesitate a second when an internship became available.

During the research on the application of timber as a more sustainable building material for yacht manufacturing, we have gained valuable insights in the potential advantages timber has to offer. This research has been quantified by various simulations before being able to compare its CO2 footprint to those of the more common building materials. This research is another step towards achieving the CO2 footprint reduction in yacht manufacturing the industry is aiming for in 2030.

Pim Hendriks

Pim Hendriks

Pim became interested in how certain vessel parameters influenced the overall design process while studying Maritime Engineering at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden (NL). He subsequently secured an internship for his graduation project at Van Oossanen Naval Architects that allowed him to follow and investigate these interests in more detail.

His research led to greater control of a vessel’s structural weight and consequently the efficiency of the overall design process. The insights he gained into structural weights and centres of gravity helped improve not only the vessels’ performance but also project performance as a whole. Pim’s research is also paving the way to being able to automatically optimise a vessel’s structural weight!

Silvia Casella

Silvia Casella

Silvia believes Artificial Intelligence and human creativity can help design better boats. She’s working with Van Oossanen Naval Architects on her Master Thesis for her MSc in Marine Technology (Hydrodynamics) at TU Delft.

Her goal is to combine Artificial Intelligence and CFD tools to help naval architects optimise hull shapes for minimum resistance. The automatic routine she built during her internship does the job perfectly!

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