A HOLISTIC APPROACH
Integrated teams create better designs with greater efficiency
When one observes Vripack’s team putting together one of the highly complex vessels it is known for, you realize quite quickly that the key factor in the studio’s success isn’t state-of-the-art 3D software, lean manufacturing principles, its proprietary code or virtual reality – though it employs all of these; rather, it’s its people, with all their passion and enthusiasm for the craft of yacht-building, and their comprehensive and shared understanding of the craft.
And from the minute you arrive to the moment of your reluctant departure, you find yourself caught up in the team’s infectious energy, but also immersed in a world whose every detail suggests the shared understanding of a coherent and comprehensive vision.
The studio’s founder, Mr. Dick Boon, has always maintained that the various disciplines required for crafting yachts are constituents of the same whole, and as such must work together harmoniously, from inception to delivery, rather than as separate departments to be brought together at various points in the process. Holism, to give this philosophy its official name, dates back to ancient Greece, and means ‘all’, ‘whole’, or ‘entire’.
The team considers each new project an opportunity to enrich its understanding of how these interconnected disciplines influence one another. And having completed over 7,400 projects since 1961, it stands alone in the depth of its knowledge.
Each project involves a multi-disciplinary team that is brought together specifically for that project from the day of commission. In practice, it means that while a designer is shaping a staircase, for instance, an engineer will be calculating the factors required to make it structurally feasible within budget; and while a naval architect is drafting the curve of the hull at the point where it meets the waterline, a designer will already be contemplating the interior layout that might best suit the other side of the curve. And every aspect of this symbiotic and overlapping process is informed by a shared understanding of what is technically possible.
FULL INTEGRATION OF DISCIPLINES
This melding of creativity, technical knowledge, and experience, not to mention passion and enthusiasm, is continuous, rigorous, and seamless, and it is compelling to behold. The tight integration of disciplines in service of a holistic approach allows the team to think laterally every step of the way, the result of which is much richer ideas and better designs, achieved with greater efficiency.