Flexibility is the operative word in the drawing office

The ship building department drawing office is an indispensable part of Jan De Nul’s engineering services. One of its main activities is designing equipment for our vessels. As among Jan De Nul’s shipbuilders, flexibility is the operative word for Kris Meuleman, an engineer specialised in design and strength calculations, and his colleagues. “It becomes increasingly important that the vessels of Jan De Nul are multi-function deployable. Apart from the bare deck of such vessel, we also develop a set of tools that together form the equipment for a certain job. For the next job, we must be able to convert or replace this equipment at the lowest possible cost. The equipment for the DN120 for the Race Bank project is a good example. But we also helped to make the construction drawings for the Sunfish and the Moonfish as well as the equipment for the multipurpose  vessels Isaac Newton and Willem de Vlamingh.”

Jan De Nul’s 27 draughts people at the drawing office often work behind the scenes. But from this position, they remain very well aware of the impact their designs have on the smooth execution of projects. “I like to come and take a look during the construction phase and, if possible, even during the deployment of one or other machine that has been drawn here,” says Kris Meuleman. “We always have to wait until a newly designed piece of equipment has brought its first project to a successful conclusion. When that happens, you are happy and proud that everything worked out as you planned it. And even then we will ask and get constant operational feedback. Because there’s always room for improvement!” 

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