The innovations

Our colleague Saskia is nominated for her concept design of an ‘unmanned dipping sonar boat’. A concept she has worked on during her graduation assignment at Defence Materiel Organisation. Saskia: “The assignment was to research an unmanned vessel that can carry the dipping sonar from the NH90 helicopter. This requires considering many different aspects, such as resistance, propulsion and the stability of the design. Of course, it would be great if the concept will be used eventually.”

Tom is nominated for his ‘digital search for the most optimal engine room’. He performed his graduation assignment at Nevesbu. Tom: “The issue that I am trying to solve is that nowadays we have so many options in the engine room, that we can’t see the wood for the trees. With new technologies we can create up to 200,000 concepts per boat in some scenarios. I created a tool that can partly solve that issue. This takes the tool only fifteen minutes.”

About the Maritime RNLN van Hengel-Spenler Award

The Maritime RNLN van Hengel-Spengler Award is an initiative of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The winning research must have the potential to contribute to improving the operational deployment of naval units. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on Monday 7 November, during the Maritime Awards Gala.