Dutch yacht design studio enters its third of a six-year-mission to reduce the construction times of any new yacht by at least 25% and reveals that by making use of virtual reality it manages to review both design and engineering and bring back fail cost by 75%.

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Yacht design studio Vripack has announced that since the introduction of virtual Prototyping (VP) it has entered a new phase in its effort to reduce construction time. The company says with the use of virtual reality to review both design and engineering it has manage to bring back fail cost by 75%.

Creative director Bart Bouwhuis of Vripack explains: “After years and years of very low incremental growth the recent developments in virtual reality are exponential now and allow us to use this tool for our reviews instead of making mock ups, prototypes and pre-fabrication. So the cost related to that as well as the time consumption is now fully eliminated. It’s part of history.”

Bart Bouwhuis of Vripack

Creative director Bart Bouwhuis. Photo courtesy of Vripack

Bouwhuis adds that the initial use of VR has allowed for checks of spaces, volumes, heights, sight lines, stairs and more.

“After nearly twelve months of R&D we’re at a stage where we’re reviewing complete installation sequences, maintainability, accessibility and so on and so forth. We’re basically evaluating the assembly process and the future maintenance of the whole yacht, let aside the training and instructions possibilities for the workers, all this before any hour is wasted on building something that could be done better and in less time,” he confirms.

In addition, Vripack claims that its innovations in construction processes already led to the development of Smart Kit resulting in a 15% hull building time reduction.

This innovation is followed by Boat Blocks, a system that the studio currently uses in production and through which it sees double-digit savings, Vripack says in a statement.

“With the development of Virtual Prototyping we enter a third phase of evolution. With the first yachts in built, using the combination of these modern design solutions, it’s a bit early for final conclusions on exact time saved but I can disclose that we’re heading towards well over 20% and we’re building at very reputable yards which themselves are even more amazed by the efficiency and added quality of their new work,” Bouwhuis says.

In 2014 Vripack released its 2019 vision to reach the goal of reducing building time by at least 25% while delivering a better boat.

Established in 1961, Vripack provides yacht design, naval architecture and engineering. The studio has over 7300 projects under its belt.