What is naval architecture?

Naval architecture is a branch of maritime engineering that determines how a ship performs and what it looks like. It combines multiple technical aspects to create a feasible design. C-Job naval architects work closely with other internal teams and our clients to strike the right balance between functionality and costs – while at the same time complying with stability, draft, freeboard, and seakeeping requirements.

Naval architecture is also the organization of internal arrangements and integration of mission equipment. C-Job’s naval architects ensure that whatever you need your ship to do, it will do it well.

Last, but not least, naval architecture makes sure that the ship is attractive to look at. Of course, a ship has to be stable, safe, and efficient but it should be aesthetically pleasing too.

What our naval architects say:

“In finding the optimum solution, C-Job considers less common approaches to provide a distinctive design to enforce our client’s competitiveness. We are versatile which allows us to adopt solutions from other markets or ship types if necessary.”
- Alexander van den Ing, Lead Naval Architect
C-Job Specialist Naval Architect Alexander van den Ing black and white
“With every project, we start off with a blank piece of paper instead of using something off the shelf. Combined with our independent position, this means that our clients become the owner of a one-of-kind design that is completely tuned to their needs.”
- Kevin Houwaart, Naval Architect
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“What is needed during a new-build design process differs from when working on retrofits. With retrofits, it is important to identify which rules are applied to the existing ship, and which rules must be applied after the retrofit. Once these ‘boundary conditions’ are established, we ensure that objectives such as draft, weight, stability, and speed are met.”
- Stijn de Geest, Naval Architect
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Computational fluid dynamics

Computational fluid dynamics introduces real-world dynamics into a virtual environment where it considers the actual hull shape and desired operations of the design.

C-Job uses computational fluid dynamics to calculate data such as the flow of water along a hull, pressure fluctuations, and resistance with a certain speed. CFD ‘visualizes’ the flow of water, allowing the naval architect to focus on the fairness of the hull in a certain direction. Large pressure fluctuations are a clear indicator that the hull is not performing very well in transit and CFD displays the areas that need improvement.

Since the outcome of CFD analysis can have an impact on the installed engine power, on the amount of energy to be carried, and on the available space in certain areas of the hull, C-Job recommends that CFD analysis be carried out in the concept design phase.

Data science in naval architecture

Thanks to the collaboration with the research and development department, C-Job uses data science to optimize the ship design process. Our R&D team has developed sophisticated tools to assist our clients and engineers to support in making decisions on combined knowledge early on in the design process via operational profile analysis. Another tool, called accelerated concept design, redefines the optimization process of concept designs. It combines simulation software with in-house developed algorithms which can provide more effective and optimized ship designs as a starting point.