Specialist Dutch design company, Bolidt has found what it claims is a creative way of supporting its clients during the COVID-19 restrictions.
This is allowing visitors to take a virtual tour of the Bolidt Innovation Centre, which officially opened near Rotterdam last year.
The centre, which is being kept open to continue R&D work that cannot be undertaken from home, accepts visits under strict conditions – but is now accessible via online tours using the latest technology until Dutch travel restrictions are lifted.
Bolidt said that its innovation and creativity is needed now more than ever in these uncertain times to continue to drive the maritime sector forward.
“The difficult situation we are now all in forces us to think creatively and outside the box on the way we work, where we work and how we can still collaborate and co-create,” said Jacco van Overbeek, Bolidt’s Director Maritime.” So we are excited that our customers can still experience the Bolidt Innovation Centre virtually, if not physically.”
A dedicated Bolidt team will give visitors a grand virtual tour of the facilities using a specially developed app. From looking over the shoulders of a colour specialist making samples, to brainstorming together about new decking designs, projects can be managed in much the same way as before.
van Overbeek added, “You will still get a chance to learn about our products and the chemistry behind them, and explore the creative possibilities that they can unleash. Each of the virtual tours will be customised especially for individuals and for the industry they work in.”
In common with the physical experience, the virtual tour allows visitors to experience the centre as a ‘living lab’ and look over the shoulders of employees, as they carry out R&D. The VR visitor can also see advanced testing equipment, such as the Inzoomer, the Pounder and the Cliffhanger in action, interact with exhibits and use AR applications to get an insight into Bolidt’s solutions and its way of working.
“The idea behind the Centre is for visitors to get a true understanding of Bolidt’s corporate DNA and its spirit of innovation as it creates the safe, sustainable, energy efficient and design friendly materials of the future,” van Overbeek added.
Since its opening, the centre saw around 5,000 visitors pass through its doors last year. Cruise shipowners and designers were particularly drawn by the chance to interact with Bolidt in this way, with representatives from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Disney Cruise Lines, YSA Design, SMC Design and Mercy Ships, amongst those who visited from the maritime sector, the company said.
Joost van Ree, Director, Partner Relations, at Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), said, “This is a great idea and I would highly recommend booking this virtual tour. It is an amazing facility to put it mildly and this is a fantastic chance to see one of the industry’s most creative companies in action without leaving the comfort of your home office.”