There is no way that you could say that the field of naval architecture is set in its ways. On the contrary, it is a subject that is in a state of constant development. New technologies and methods are discovered and brought into play, helping naval architects and engineers with their goal of designing a vessel that effectively meets its design requirements.
Research that is currently being carried out at C-Job Naval Architects/Engineers illustrates this point, says Thijs Muller, one of the company’s Naval Architects. “We are investigating how genetic algorithms can be used to automate and optimise the concept design stage. We are on the way to achieving even more accurate estimations of construction weight, building costs and performance in addition to generating concept designs within shorter time spans.”