About the author

Find out more about Lars Boelman via his CV (compact and extended versions available) and portfolio (including a presentation of his designs at Koenigsegg and Spyker). The personal blog below contains tips and tricks and even some thoughts. Photos can be found on Flickr; automotive blog on Facebook.

Curriculum Vitae

On the pages linked below you can find a short and full version of my CV in the English language. If you prefer to have it in Dutch, please contact me at lars@boelman.nl.

CV - English (Compact)

Personal and contact information

Education

Diplomas and certificates

Work experience

Driving proficiency

European driving license since 1998-03-18.

Foreign languages

English fluent; French and German decent spoken and average in writing. Dutch native speaker.

Computer Skills

OS: Mac OS X and MS Windows. CAD/CAE: SolidWorks 2007 + Conisio, UniGraphics NX4 + TeamCenter Engineering, CATIA V5 R17 + SmarTeam, Matlab (Simulink) and Maple. Code: HTML4 + CSS and LaTeX. Graphic: The Gimp and Inkscape. HIG: Apple OS X and iOS and Gnome.

Interests and activities

Automotive design and engineering. Digital photography. Developing and designing websites. Open source software.

CV - English (Full)

Personal and contact information

  • Lars Boelman, born on the 12th of April 1979 in Asperen (Dutch nationality)
  • email: lars@boelman.nl // phone: +420 776 523 116 (CZ) / +316 2878 7373 (NL).
  • currently living mostly in Ängelholm (Sweden) and Prague (Czech Republic)

Education and events

Diplomas and certificates

Work experience

2015 :: Koenigsegg Automotive AB :: Ängelholm, SE

  • Certification engineer with focus on US EPA and CARB emissions as well as OBD-II for both organisations.
  • Development engineer for various interior components.
  • Improve Regera development via setting up TeamGantt planning (eBOM/mBOM based), knowledge management and direct daily support.
  • Increase cooperation between development and production. Introduce optimised vehicle assembly strategy to reduce impact of customisation.

2013 :: TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o. :: Prague, CZ

  • Co-authored investment report with management member for an innovative new test laboratory.

2013 :: Savage Rivale :: Hilversum, NL

  • Analysed options for evolving both the Roadyacht product as the company to a more mature level.
  • Made proposal for improvements.

2012 :: B/E Aerospace :: Nieuwegein, NL

  • V&V Engineer: Validation and Verification for a new convection oven.
  • Developed corporate template for requirements management.
  • Teamcenter PLM + Unigraphics NX introduction (Management support/Consultant/Executing).
  • Introducing improved in-house knowledge distribution via (SharePoint) wiki and document management.

2010-2012 :: Spyker Automobielen BV :: Zeewolde, NL

  • Design Engineer: Catia V5 (MD2/GS1/DP2) + SmarTeam.
  • Last phase of Aileron development (moving towards production).
  • Special products, such as creating road going vehicle from non-functional showcar (Aileron 2008 prototype) and coach build based on 'standard' Aileron.
  • Support in development of new chassis for mid-engined sportscar.

2008-2010 :: Bosch Thermotechnology Netherlands [TT/NL] (Nefit) :: Deventer, NL

  • Gas (driven) Heat Pump concept development.
  • Develop standard interface for gas carrying components.
  • Set up standards and directives system for engineering department.
  • Update Bosch TT directives with Bosch TT engineers worldwide.

2008 :: PANalytical :: Almelo, NL

  • Modifying components of X-Ray equipment while learning about fine mechanics.
  • Gained working experience with I-DEAS PDM/CAE system.
  • Larger technological company with corresponding development strategies.

2006-2007 :: Koenigsegg Automotive AB :: Ängelholm, SE

  • Making and verifying European homologation/type approval documents, verified if car complied with the regulations and made adjustments to car if necessary.
  • Designed instrumenten panel in CAD and built working prototypes: design (ergonomics, but also style), mechanical components, coordinating suppliers and partners for the electrical part.
  • Redesigned several components of the car to improve their functionality and the build/assembly process.

2004-2005 :: HAN - Lectoraat TQM :: Arnhem, NL

  • Employed by the HAN, outplaced at RiedelDrinks and Veld Laser Innovations for a research to test and develop a new analysis method created by TNO MEP and the HAN for determining useful investments for a sustainable and durable company.
  • Analyzed the complete productchain of orange juice at Riedel Drinks. Identified possible threats and opportunities and suggested analysis method for determining solutions.
  • Supported several bachelor students with their thesis on this subject.

2002-2003 :: TNO Automotive :: Delft, NL

  • Graduation thesis: Developing the complete concept for a Railbus, an automated rail-vehicle for transit purposes containing 48 seats.
  • Designed revolutionary new diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain which in theory provided over 35% higher fuel-economy while being 25% faster than conventional railvehicles.

2001 :: NEG Micon Holland / DOWEC :: Bunnik, NL

  • Internship: Research to condition monitoring in windturbines.
  • Research to condition monitoring in an offshore windturbine at the R&D department of NEG Micon Holland.
  • Analysed information inside the company and from the internet to determine the critical parts of the windturbines.
  • Research how to monitor these parts and suggesting how to apply a condition monitoring system.

2001 :: Intechno Technisch Advies Buro :: Veenendaal, NL

  • Internship: Energy management of utility buildings.
  • Analysing energy use data of the managed buildings to find overuse to reach optimal energy use.
  • Drawing water tubes in buildings with Autocad 2000 for a project to reduce the development of bacteria.

2001 :: Priority Estate Management :: London, UK

  • Network administrator.
  • Optimising and maintaining a small TCP/IP and Windows Networking (Samba) based company network. Remote system administration via PC Anywhere over an ISDN connection.
  • Installing and configuring new systems and integrating these in the network.

1999 :: FOM Onderzoeksinstituut Rijnhuizen :: Nieuwegein, NL

  • Internship: Research to high performance water cooling
  • Developing a cooling system for an experimental 2MW maser for the FEM2-project.
  • Gained knowledge about high performance cooling.
  • Build a test prototype with a special chemical coating and using the piston effect.

1999 - 2005 :: Rijwielshop Ede-Wageningen :: Ede, NL

  • Guard at the bike placement at the railway station Ede-Wageningen.
  • Renting bikes and provide local information.
  • Much free time to study and designing various vehicles.

Driving proficiency

European driving license since 1998-03-18.

Foreign languages

Language Spoken Written
Dutch fluent fluent
English fluent fluent
French average average
German average basic
Swedish basic basic
Czech basic basic

Computer Skills

Operating systems

Thorough understanding of the Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems; experience with Mac OS X since 10.1 and Windows since 95.

Productivity

Experience with Microsoft Office and LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org on both Mac OS X and Windows. Strive for making structured documents, in formats such as HTML (+ CSS) and LaTeX.

Communication

Extensive experience with email, instant messaging, VoIP, creating websites with CMS and file exchange via FTP and p2p.

Computer-aided design / Computer-aided engineering (CAD/CAE)

Various 2D and 3D design applications, such as SolidWorks, Siemens NX and CATIA V5. PDM systems such as SmarTeam and Team Center Engineering.

Graphical

Experience with bitmap- (Adobe Photoshop, Apple iPhoto and Aperture, The Gimp) and vector-based (Inkscape) applications, as well as polygonal 3D (Blender).

Interface Design

Familiar with the Apple OS X and iOS, as well as the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines

Interests and activities

Automotive design and engineering

First only the design of cars, but since 1995 technology oriented after studying the books of the MTS Autotechniek in Apeldoorn. Gained technological knowledge about cars from several books from local and university libraries, Dutch and British car magazines and the web. Made many design studies that now seem to evolve in a final shape. Currently doing a feasibility study for a company to make this concept.

Human powered vehicles; mountainbikes and recumbents. Gained knowledge about the influence of the frame and wheel guidance on the behaviour of the bike.

Digital photography

Experience with digital photography after taking many photos with DSLR (Canon EOS 300D and 350D with Tamron 18-200 lens) and Canon 50mm f1.8 prime, processing them with computer software and presenting a selection on my photostream @ Flickr.

Designing and developing websites

Designed and developed websites based on WordPress, Tiki and Drupal.

Portfolio

A brief overview of some products I designed (styling and engineering) can be found on my personal website.

Voluntary work

2003-2004 :: Archery club Sagittarius :: Enschede

Secretary at the students archery club Sagittarius at Universiteit Twente.

1998-2002 :: 't Laag :: Bennekom

Technical support (soft- and hardware), maintenance and repair of a computer network for a social centre in Bennekom, hereby creating the possibility for young refugees to access internet and getting familiar with using computers. These refugees, aged 10 to 16 years, come from the local refugee centre. Assisting the young refugees online, while teaching them computer- and social skills one evening every other week.

Portfolio

As an engineer I have had the pleasure to create many objects or participate in their creation. Most often these objects are just useful or necessary (and usually simply made 'on demand'), but some have that extra magic, which makes them special (and me kind of proud). The work I did for Koenigsegg Automotive AB and Spyker Automobielen BV certainly was satisfying. On the following pages you will find some of the products I created for them and a small explanation of the rationale behind the designs.

Design work for Koenigsegg Automotive AB (KAAB)

Chronograph Instrument Cluster

For the 2007 Geneva Motorshow KAAB wanted to introduce a new instrument cluster which would feature a more modern and refined look to match rest of vehicle interior and exterior styling than the existing Stack panel.

Stack panel in Koenigsegg CCX interior

Stack panel in Koenigsegg CCX interior

The main design requirement was that it had to emulate the functionality of a watch (Chronograph in CvK language), with three pointers (vehicle speed, engine speed and boost pressure) rotating around a single axis. Furthermore it was requested to look like “something sporty, like a motorbike cluster or so.”

Constraints were that it needed to be backwards compatible with the existing electronic hardware, so that it could also be plug-and-play retrofitted in already delivered CCX and even previous-generation CCR vehicles. All the functionality from the existing Stack panel had to be carried over and some new features needed to be added, so that it would be ready for the CAN transition. It had to be dimensionally compatible with the existing structure.

It also needed to be compliant with global regulations, which basically meant EU (/UN ECE) and USA (DOT) regulations regarding the use of symbols and their dimensions, colours and light intensity.

To make it a bit more challenging, I wanted to keep it very Swedish: clean and functional styling with basic geometric like shapes without looking simple or clinical. The usability was also an area with room for improvement, while it also should provide a high-end experience. It was going to be the component of the car an owner looks at the most (assuming the owner did not buy a garage queen) and it needed to look the part.

Triple tail lights on a Koenigsegg CCX

Triple tail lights on a Koenigsegg CCX

From a rearview of the CCX model, the styling is dominated by three circular tail lamps on either side. When looking at the interior of the CCX, it also featured several circles with an aluminium bezel (e.g. ventilation nozzles).

This inspired me to use three circles as the defining shapes of the cluster. The centre dial would be larger, since it would contain the most important information (from a driver's perspective).

My initial design proposal looked a bit bland, though it already had some of that sporty motorbike cluster feel. The suggestion from the technical director to use protruding bezels around the main dials proved to be the missing link. When I used a scaled down version of the elliptic curvature from the vent bezels for the protrusion shape, it matched very well with the rest of the interior, while giving the desired look as a component.

To keep the design clean, I applied a combination of direct and indirect illumination. The tell-tales and indicator symbols on the dials were 'ghosted' by printing them only once in black, while the rest of the dials was fully printed in colours and black to keep surface clean. The result was that the symbols did not show up, until illuminated. The colour of the warning symbol inserts which were placed outside of the main dials matched the colour of the aluminium frame. The actual colour of the warning symbol when used was generated by LEDs in the by the regulations prescribed colours.

Koenigsegg CCX interior with circular aluminium bezels which inspired the protrusions

Koenigsegg CCX interior with circular aluminium bezels which inspired the protrusions

The usability was improved by logically grouping the various symbols and indicators and placing these groups logically on the main and satellite dials and the other surface.

The front of the aluminium frame functioned as the facia, while the rear provided the mounting surface for all functional components.

Early packaging prototype of Chronograph Instrument Cluster

Early packaging prototype of Chronograph Instrument Cluster

One of the challenges with using both direct and indirect illumination was to diffuse the concentrated LED light to create an even illumination intensity. This was achieved for the dial faces via backside printing in several layers to reduce the transparency. For the indirect lighting this was achieved via a 'frosted' effect on the inner edges of the illuminating ring around the front face of the dials. The other surfaces were kept polished to achieve a good illumination strength.

The matte black coating on the dials provides a better contrast than regular printed items; the pointer tips were painted with with day-glow paint, while redline indicators were kept as bright as possible in the printing process.

The Chronograph Instrument Cluster – installed in a customer vehicle

The Chronograph Instrument Cluster – installed in a customer vehicle

All electric input signals were reverse engineered with KAAB electro engineers. This information served as input for e-hardware and software developers (external companies).

The actual graphical design of the dials was done again with feedback from the technical director, as well as with the Norwegian partner design agency.

Some side-effects of the development of this instrument cluster were the selection of a font-face (Eurostil derived), which since has been used for all interior design and publications (e.g. brochures, websites, IVI, HMI), LED colour matching of all interior lighting, as well as a harmonization of the anodizing colour (which depends on the aluminium alloy specification and even production batch) and surface finish (roughness and curvature continuation) of all machined aluminium components.

The fact that about a dozen of clients decided to retro-fit their vehicle with this cluster, as well as it becoming the standard item until the Agera model was introduced (about 30 cars), proved that the design goals had been achieved.

Design work for Spyker Automobielen BV

C8 Aileron based specials

Not all customers appreciated the transition from the propeller- to the turbine-era styling. One customer requested a custom vehicle which would feature styling elements from previous production vehicles as well as show-only prototypes on the then new C8 Aileron platform.

Spyker C12 LaTurbie prototype

Spyker C12 LaTurbie prototype

Similar to the C12 LaTurbie prototype, the customer wanted his vehicle to feature 'nostrils', polished metal/chrome ornaments such as door mirrors, light tubes and side air intakes and a quad-pipe exhaust configuration.

Spyker C8 Long Wheelbase with faux riveted body panels and extended wheel arches.

Spyker C8 Long Wheelbase with faux riveted body panels and extended wheel arches.

Furthermore the customer requested propeller style wheels, riveted body panels and extended wheel arches as on some special Long Wheelbase versions of the C8.

'Standard' Spyker C8 Aileron and custom design proposal

'Standard' Spyker C8 Aileron and custom design proposal

The customer liked the design proposal so much that he ordered a second vehicle for his brother! The brother requested the styling to be similar to the LM85 edition of the C8, so we made another proposal for that one.

Spyker C8 LM85 and the second custom design proposal

Spyker C8 LM85 and the second custom design proposal

The designs were approved on the basis of discussions and several renderings and the technical development then started properly. The custom wheels were optimised for strength and manufacturability with the supplier. All wheels were individually machined, allowing the 'propeller vanes' to point in the correct direction, opposed to the cast items on the series vehicle which pointed in the wrong direction on one side of the vehicle. It was a challenge to make the transition from single center-nut to the 5-nut hub and not mess up the spoke styling due to the changed ratios between wheel diameter and spoke length. I managed to make it look pretty good by manipulating the length of some of the surfaces.

Some components of the custom vehicles

Some components of the custom vehicles

The inlet tubes were a bitch to make; we got them machined out of billet in the end, polished and finished with a clear coating.

The custom vehicle being assembled by Spyker colleagues

The custom vehicle being assembled by Spyker colleagues

Fortunately the customers did not request any rear wings.

Road-legal C8 Aileron prototype

One of the main investors in the company wanted to own and drive the first C8 Aileron. He preferred the original show car prototype which was presented on Geneva in 2008 to the 'production' version which was presented on Geneva in 2009.

Problem was that the show car was merely a static dummy. Most of the components were simply not road-worthy. A thorough analysis had to be done to determine which components could be used (and we scrapped about half of them in the end).

The customer wanted the vehicle to be converted from LHD to RHD, since he wanted to use it for commuting to his office in London. Furthermore he wanted an automatic transmission, which made us decide to use the newer C8 Aileron drivetrain. This aided to the emissions requirements from the UK IVA as well. Underbody though it required a completely new design rear frame, to host the new drivetrain and altered suspension. The front was redesigned to feature a better crash structure.

C8 Aileron prototype show car and finished IVA approved vehicle; the devil is in the details.

C8 Aileron prototype show car and finished IVA approved vehicle; the devil is in the details.

Some extra features requested by the customer were a new powerful audio system as well as navigation. Custom housing for this had to be created, as well as extra sound proofing to actually make it worth the effort. For some V8 music is not enough.

This car also featured a new custom wheel design, since the show car featured machined facia which were welded to donor-rims. They were not considered to be safe, so I designed custom items. This time the challenge was to integrate the turbine spokes on a center-nut mounting. The design was modified compared to the Aileron wheels to create less visual mass around the wheel nut by extending the spokes while adjusting the ET-values and tire-/rim-width, allowing the wheels to be positioned correctly relative to the suspension and vehicle body.

Never knew a fuel filler cap could give such a headache.

C8 Aileron remote control

The previous generation remote control not only did not match the 'turbine' styling, it also was not compatible with the new Clifford alarm system.

Previous generation remote control a.k.a. 'the puck'

Previous generation remote control a.k.a. 'the puck'

The new design was supposed to have the same functionality (unlock doors, unlock trunk, open Left and Right door). An extra wish was to use only authentic materials, since this was an item which customers would obviously touch.

My design colleague started the design of this remote control which was supposed to come with the C8 Aileron. Due to other development department priorities, he was not allowed to finish the design and it was handed over to me. Based on his proposal and with his feedback, I got to the following design proposal.

Spyker C8 Aileron top view and the remote control design proposal

Spyker C8 Aileron top view and the remote control design proposal

My design carried over the proposed outer contours and dimensions (since they proved to be comfortable to hold and elegant to look at) and the relative position of the buttons (defined by the PCB of the alarm remote), while I placed the buttons via the golden ratio relative to the housing and added the typography and actual construction details.

Lots of fine-tuning was needed to get the buttons to behave as desired.

This design proposal unfortunately had horrible RF performance, even when we used a microwave oven strength transmitter (the US allows for remotes which can open a garage on 6 miles distance…). The completely metallic enclosure had to be modified and glass and ceramic core options were explored. These could not be made to the required tolerances, so polycarbonate in either black or white (customer option) was chosen. The polished PC surface contrasted nicely with the brushed metal finish of all the other components.

We explored 3D printing/additive manufacturing for these components, but the symbols looked horrible on some samples. We ended up with the rather costly machining, but at least it looked and felt good. Since customers were willing to pay a premium for that, we kept it like this.