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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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Ulstein Bridge Vision is nominated to the Norwegian Research Council´s Innovation Price

The maritime research team at Oslo School of Architecture and Design is honored for excellent research results in their collaboration with Ulstein Power & Control. As one of six selected companies Ulstein Power & Control and their research and innovation project Ulstein Bridge Vision is nominated for the Norwegian Research Council´s Innovation Price 2013.

The Research Council is well informed of the research conducted around the country, and an internal jury has nominated the project to this years prize. The winner is to be announced at the Research Council´s Evening of Excellence on 18th of September.

Innovation director Arne Ove Rødstøl at Ulstein finds it flattering to be nominated and is excited to know who wins the prize tommorrow evening at the Concert Hall of Oslo. ‘We are especially proud of recognition to our research strategy by an internal jury at the Research Council,’ he says.

Excellent Innovation

The pupose of the Innovation Prize is to display companies applying research in innovation in an outstanding manner, leading to increased welfare and international competitiveness.

A criteria for the prize is to create value for the company and the community, as well as bridging academia and the business sector.

The winner is selected by an external jury, this year with Ingvild Myhre (jury leader), Vibeke Hammer Madsen, Gunnar Bovim, Sverre Gotaas and Arvid Hallén.

Long term collaboration

Ulstein Bridge Vision is part of a long term collaboration between the maritime research group at the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and the innovation team at Ulstein Power & Control.

«This highlights the potential of design research and will hopefully help us develop our maritime research team at AHO together with the industry.  The nomination is not only an acknowledgement of the research results, but primarily of the bold and persistent approach displayed by Ulstein Power & Control allowing for a unique collaboration between their innovation team and our research group at AHO.»  says Kjetil Nordby, the research manager at AHO maritime research group.

 The Research Council writes about Ulstein Bridge Concept:

Ulstein is an internationally acknowledged supplier of ship design, ship building and systems solutions on ships. For the walfare, safety and simplified work situation for the ship crew, the company has developed a new concept for ship brigdes. In «Ulstein Bridge Vision» the user has been the in the centre from the beginning. The result is an ergonomic work place where the captain can operate the ship with intuitive commands and gestures.

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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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