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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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Design as a driver of maritime innovation

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) received due attention for its role in the development of Ulstein Bridge Vision during the Design Day 2013. – The project is a perfect example of what design-driven innovation may lead to, pointed Skule Storheill, the Director of R&D and Innovation Programmes at the Norwegian Design Council, out in his introduction.

The collaborative project between AHO and Ulstein Power and Control, Ålesund University College and Kwant Controls, was an essential element in the opening speech of the Design Day 2013 at DogA 17th April 2013, held by the Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske. AHO is in charge of the design and research process.The project recently won the DNB Innovation Award.

Project manager Kjetil Nordby at AHO presented “Skipsbroen”, which is developed at the AHO’s maritime designlab. Important principles as user needs and future-oriented solutions characterize this bridge.

– The project demonstrates how design research may affect the agenda for innovation in traditional industrial sectors in Norway. We see that our way of working creates tangible values for our partners. In the further work we will use our experience from Ulstein Bridge Vision to develop new and exciting research at AHO, Nordby says.

Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske emphasized the importance of the innovation aspect of design and designers for Norwegian competitiveness – and highlighted the maritime sector in particular.

Turning Visions into Reality from Norsk Designråd on Vimeo.

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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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