Integrated Yacht Design
Designing a boat is a very complex work. It requires many skills, professional figures and experience built up over years of work.
We believe that the best way to answer to customer’s needs is with a high level of integration.
How a distributed approach is done
with distributed approach
Distributed approach creates the so called “design loops”, phases in which desing goes from a subject to another, increasing the complexity of managing the process.
The results are:
How an integrated approach is done
The integrated approach eliminates design loops and allows simultaneous design of the various boat components.
The results are:
What is Integrated Yacht Design
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The yacht designing with integrated approach is made by a multidisciplinary team work put together and perfected over the years.
The organization and subdivision of the project is circular and it puts in the first place dialogue and knowledge among the various components: each member of Verme Projects team has great experience and skills in his own field and at the same time knows the basic elements of the other components. All this creates a synergy that allows us to explore innovative ways without taking paths with no solutions.
Here are the project components that allow us to develop a boat with an integrated approach.
Ideas and innovation
The idea phase, brainstorming, of study. Here is where a project starts.
Each winning project is made by an innovative concept phase and in the meantime functional and logical with initial inputs, being made by customers, working spot or by our team.
Innovative: creativity and innovation are the engine of a concept. The goal is to analyze the entire project from a different point of view, questioning the usual canon in order to reach new smart solutions.
Functional: The function is a very important feature, often underestimated. As far as innovative an idea can be, it has to go along with efficiency, rationality and practicality. To sum up, the concept must work and in the best way possible I’d say.
Coherent: the concept must reflects the initial inputs. They are customer’s grading scale satisfaction. We try to develop all the features according to initial requests, identifying and offering more and more better improvements, aimed at satisfying the end-user.
Concept is the most important phase of each project.
Style integrated to functionality
Project takes shape in the actual sense of the word. Right proportions, timeless shapes and lines or modern and aggressive. We place ourselves in the creativity field in space.
Proportions: shapes must be proportioned and have the right balance among each other. The artefact must be developed at 360 degrees. Each line and angle must be studied from each point of view. We don’t observe the object from just a single point of view, in this way you can aspire to a shape balance. Often this aspect is underestimated. For this reason during the entire developmental process, we usually use a 3D print.
Shapes: the distinguishing feature of aesthetic. What makes immediately identifiable an object among thousands of others, without exceeding ( that nowadays is more and more common) in too many extreme and clumsy signs, an overall forcing that can also be cloying in the long run. Innovation: not extremism.
Lines: a line, an angle which generates a shadow. The object comes to life in relation to its environment. Few lines are needed, sometimes it takes just one to describe a timeless style, either classic or modern.
Hull Design & CFD
Performance, comfort and efficiency
The design of a hull’s yacht, especially a planing one, it’s been considered for many years as something alchemical, halo well orchestrated by the few gurus in the field.
On the other hand, until a few years ago the simulation software provided little support.
Things have changed since then and at Verme Projects we have developed skills and experience requested to work independently with modern CFD software.
We are working on it too, but we can already combine the experience with some experts of the field with knowledge and techniques of modern simulations in order to give performing projects both in terms of performances and consumption, and in terms of seaworthiness.
Structural Design & FEM
Combining simplicity with building sophistication
Yacht’s structural part is not just the main skeleton, which has to be safe and sturdy. It could be a source of noise or vibrations or on the contrary can be useful with its lightness for the boat performance.
Last but not least, especially in composite constructions, its layout may or may not help the industrialization of the product, increasing or decreasing costs and time to market.
Structural design is not the just the application of some sizing rules for classification records or the work of some professional who uses in an approximate way and without in-depth knowledge FEM software, now widely known.
Our first FEM was Massimo Verme’s thesis: simulation of an air plane impact on a nuclear power plant, performed with ANSYS on a Cray computer back in 1997. Since then, we have always invested not just in building a vast database of information and experience, but mainly in its everyday application, keeping in mind technology, budget and resources limits for the result of an optimal structure case by case.
Manoeuvrability, safety and comfort
Steering, stabilization and manoeuvrability systems are often very crucial in everyday operations of a ship for its safety and comfort.
Verme Projects can benefit from the experience of Roberto Rossi, already technical manager of many companies working in this field.
Thanks to his experience in guaranteeing our customers proven and safe solutions and driven to innovation, at Verme Projects we have developed various new ideas both related to stabilization and manoeuvrability, depositing and earning several patents during the last years.
See some examples in the Projects section.
Technologies and solution at service of functionality and aesthetic
Mould engineering is the phase in which we research the most suitable technologies and solutions, in order to have a functional and aesthetic product that goes well also with a cost optimization.
Our team’s know-how, grew up and consolidated through years, specialized itself both in technologies research and innovative materials and in product development.
Engineering is handled by the specialized technicians who, by talking to the customer and designers, try the right improvements to the initial project, useful to reduce the mould costs and optimize the production process.
In collaboration with the customer, our team defines the project, expenses, dimensional, ergonomic, mechanical, technical, aesthetic specifications, developing the most complete project possible.
In the project development, we focus all our knowledge and skills in order to satisfy all the customer’s needs, throughout the continuous research of product improvement. We follow and advise the client, elaborating 3D CAD mould with the newest software available on the market.
The continuous dialogue with the client, the overall project analysis, the materials and productive processes knowledge, allow our team to satisfy customers’ requests, keeping an eye both on aesthetic and costs.
Machinery and 3D Piping
Detail and optimization
Design software development, or better, the application of one of the most advanced software available in the Automotive field (we have for example five Simens Nx licences) allowed a detail and an optimization of the engine room arrangement project and piping unimaginable until a few years ago, when most of these activities were left to inventive and to the craftsmanship skills of the contractors.
This new approach of modern nautical is not competitive any more, both in terms of quality and costs.
Integrated piping design allows to exploit and maximize indoor spaces; predetermination in each parts detail of the engine room can save space and money.
Aesthetics and regulated functionality
Outfitting on board involves various activities ranging from the essential components for the navigation of the yachts to the smallest deck accessory.
Every aspect is aimed to “complete” the yacht as a whole and make an image as harmonious and attractive as possible.
There is no lack of customization requests that each customer wants on board of his boat which make the construction almost unique or, if you prefer, almost like a tailor-made suit tailored to the needs of the owner.
Specifically, it is possible to customize the design of the external steels such as bollards, fairleads, trimmings, up to customize the design of the joints of the teak deck.
Outfitting also includes a significant number of aspects that are regulated by the main international classification bodies which must be strictly respected.
See for example the installation of windows, ventilation grids, the arrangement of the navigation lights, the same external steels mentioned above, ect, etc.
All these elements, however, can not be separated from the aesthetic and functional canons of the board, so our goal is to be able to harmonize everything in order to obtain an exclusive on-board experience.
Furnishing spaces and make them functional
Weights & Stability
From the initial estimate to the final document
The design of a ship is based on an essential document: the detailed and reliable estimate of its weight and the determination of its centre of gravity.
Nautical history has ample anecdotal evidence in terms of mistakes on this fundamental issue. Some of these have involved the overestimation of detail, of generating, for example, weights from a bill of construction, which later turned out to be incomplete.
Also in this case, the experience is determinant for a correct estimate in the preliminary phase of weight and barycentre. With this data it is possible both to optimize the hull shapes at the very beginning of the project and to avoid using ballast late at the expense of performance.
Yacht Building Assistance
Project comes to life
Experience gained in years of design, the many skills of our technicians on different projects, the constant dialogue with the Classification Bodies, working hand in hand with highly specialized productive realities, the steady research to improve ourselves, and dealing daily with problem solving, is what made our team a cohesive working which is able to follow the costumer in each project stage.
Daily, our technicians deal with the customer and with all the other professionals who gravitate around the project.
In addition to developing the entire project, we offer to our customers continuous and present assistance during all phases of the product production.
We cooperate with specialized companies of the sector, always looking for the improvement of the product, of the production cycle and of the reduction of costs.
We discuss and design in agreement, comparing ourselves with the Classification Bodies, trying to find with them the best solution both to obtain a compliant and functional and aesthetically beautiful product.
We follow the construction in all its stages: from the keel laying, to the outfitting (in all its phases), and the delivery and verifications of the Classification Societies and/or discussion with Surveyor Owner or Captain.