Product Innovation Support
Structural Market Research, Patents, Standards, New Materials and Production Techniques, Trends.
Result: Management Report, Program of Demands for New Products
Energy Efficiency of Consumer Durables and Office Equipment, Energy Planning Support
Technical product analysis, consumer-behaviour analysis, identifying energy saving design options, Life Cycle Cost analysis, technical modeling, environmental impact analysis, stock models, time series analysis, projections of future energy use, policy options, market transformation, procurement.
Scope: Governments, Utilities and Industry Associations.
Result: Policy Report, Technical Model, Specific presentation software (e.g. 'Epolis' suite)
Passenger Flow Logistics
Integrated systems approach to way-finding, baggage handling, means for horizontal and vertical passenger transport, ticket handling, etc. in airport terminals, train and bus stations.
Scope: Airport/train/bus terminal management
Results: Management Report and/or Specific Software Tools for Autonomous Use by Client.
Industrial Product Design and Engineering
Product development up till production stage.
Turn-key possible, but usually client-specific assignments.
Tasksharing between VHK, internal R&D and external suppliers.
Specific engineering expertise in mass production techniques: plastics, metal sheet parts.
Typical assignment: Aesthetic and Functional Improvement plus Cost Reduction of Product or Component.
Specials: also Improvement of Energy Efficiency and/or Environmental Impact (e.g. following legal measures).
Results: Sketches, 2D/3D Models, Animations and/or Static Renderings, Engineering and Economical Calculations, Technical Drawings, CAD-files, Prototypes, Preliminary Production Cost Calculations, Proposals for New Parts Suppliers, Laboratory reports, Progress Reports (if desired to clients ISO 9000 standard).
As above, but usually developed up til prototype and field-testing / demonstration phase.
Typical assignment: Innovative Concepts, Application of leading-edge technology for energy efficiency and/or fuel switch, usually preceded by extensive research stage.
Scope: Governments, Utilities, Industry (pre-development).
Results: as above.