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What if we could redefine the whole bridge environment and change everything from the room layout to furniture design, and from the fundamental interaction techniques to details on the screen? This is the scope for the researchers, designers and engineers developing the Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) project. Together we aim to create research and designs that can direct the development of the future ship bridges of offshore service vessels. More »

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AHO Bridge wins DNB Innovation prize

The Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) has won a major Norwegian prize for the best innovation idea of 2012. This is a milestone for the maritime focus on AHO, says project manager Kjetil Nordby.

Eight finalists were hoping for first place after the regional winners were published in February. The winner was announced on Tuesday, and Ulstein Bridge Concept won the prize of one million kroner for the concept “Ulstein Bridge Vision”. The prize was given by DNB, Norway’s largest financial services group.

The bridge developed by UBC provides a radically new working environment for the officers onboard offshore service vessels.

– The Institute of Design at AHO has put a lot of effort into maritime research. The DNB award shows that we are on the right track. We will use it as inspiration in our continuing work to build a strong maritime design tradition at AHO, says Kjetil Nordby.

Ulstein Bridge Concept is a collaborative project between AHO, Ulstein, College of Ålesund and Kwant Controls. AHO is in charge of the design and research process.

– This is a wonderful recognition, both to Ulstein as an innovation-driven company and to our young and energetic research group within the maritime sector at AHO, says rector Karl Otto Ellefsen.

Since 2003, DNB’s Innovation Award has drawn attention to the value of knowledge-based business development in Norway. With the Innovation Award DNB wants to inspire innovation and growth. The award goes to an idea which applies new knowledge or uses existing knowledge in an innovative manner. The idea must have a clear commercial potential related to sales, environmental benefits, jobs, cost savings etc. and a well thought-out business plan.

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2 responses so far:

  1. Ed Verbeek says:

    I am not sure where I can post questions/remarks about the new bridge design, so I’ll just use this opportunity 🙂
    I am very impressed about your thinking, making use of the present posibilities and I very much want you to succeed.
    To succeed means that the bridge needs to work in the normal operating conditions: a (heavily) rolling and pitching ship where the operator has problems to stand and needs to find balance (including all the uncontrolled movements that this involves) Has attention been given to operating the equipment under these conditions? (the video show only North Sea during exceptional nice summer weather conditions 🙂 I know it is mentioned that the operator should be able to sit or stand as he likes, even during heavy seas, but in these conditions, whether sitting or standing, the operator makes a lot of relex movements, unplanned and uncontrolled, which should not trigger any response of the equipment, and is it hard to make deliberate, precisely controlled movements, if these are required to operate the equipment.
    In modern shipping, more and more attention goes to operating in a team environment. I know that for offshore supply vessel this is less of an issue (mostly the “old-fashion” one-man operations), but this might change in future. Have team operations, in the form of Navigator – CoNavigator (even in the form of a pilot at port approach), been a consideration in the bridge design?

    • Sigrun Lurås says:

      Dear Ed,

      Thanks a lot for your feedback and interesting remarks! We are definitely concerned with the operation of equipment under different weather conditions. As you suggest, in modern offshore shipping, especially the more advanced vessels used for complex operations, teamwork is very much an issue. We also address this in our project. Please feel free to contact our project manager Kjetil Nordby directly if you have further questions.

      Best regards,
      Sigrun Lurås, project member, the Ulstein Bridge Concept

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