Olav: “We have a lot of good, really useful results. I don’t see how we would get this same value for money anywhere else.”
“Our strength is sharing and collaborating. You get something and give something. This is the essence of CRS and necessary for it to survive.
PRECAL workshop - knowledge transfer through software tools (Wageningen, December 2017)
afterwards! This is when you get to know people in an informal setting, making it much easier to contact people.”
Olav: “I second that, we meet a lot of people and become good friends, building up trusting relationships. Our organisations spend time on training and marketing, but I think it is just as well spent here because of the benefits of networking and training we get by participating.”
Can you give an example of a ‘CRS product’ which benefits your organisation?
All: “Should we all say PROCAL?” they laugh.
Loic: “Yes PROCAL is key, but we use PRECAL for seakeeping, COGNAC for manoeuvring. Several CRS tools are an important basis of the tools in our shipyard.”
“The tools are more adapted to our needs because we participate in the meetings in order to make them more useful for our requirements.”
Tobias: “Our company regularly needs to use CFD developed in CRS. With CRS it helps making this a more stable process, acting as a buffer between the commercial things that we need to do.”
Olav: “It is easy to focus on the tools but for my company, it is just as important to get the methodology and implement that and use CRS to validate it.”
What are the strong and weak points of CRS?
Loic: “I think the relationship between the working groups could probably improve. Perhaps this can be improved by dedicated meetings. For example, there are opportunities in combining CFD computations with full-scale experiments. SPEED and RAW++ could also improve links.”
Olav: “People tend to dive into their cave and after three years they come out with results. This is still a very efficient way of working within the groups. We have a very good model, I think there are definite benefits running it this way.”
“We are doing very specific things now in CRS. The fact that we have this continuation of the groups all working on the same thing all of the time, getting results is fundamental.”
Tobias: “However, topics are now coming across ‘the old borders’ and coming together as we are able to handle more complex issues, and have more pieces of the puzzle.”
Do you believe CRS will live for another 50 years?
Loic: “In the last decade we have seen the number of members increase and we didn’t expect that, I would be surprised if it doesn’t last for another 50 years!
Do you have a clear message or recommendation for the CRS community?
Olav: “We have to find a better way to communicate what we have done. Internally, within our companies, and at conferences etc. It shouldn’t be limited to only the annual report, or within SharePoint. We should explain what is being done within our own companies stressing that what we are doing is state-of-the-art. CRS is a driving force.”
Tobias: “We are leading in many aspects but people don’t know this externally. It is a very low hanging fruit to show that we are better than others!”
Olav: “There has to be knowledge transfer. We have a very good working model already.”
Tobias: “Yes indeed but we need to maintain it and take the next steps. We must keep it going forward and keep it alive.”
All: “We have to take good care of CRS!”
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