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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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UBC presented three papers at the Systems Engineering in Ship & Offshore Design conference

The UBC project got three papers accepted for RINA’s Systems Engineering in Ship & Offshore Design in London 28 – 29 March 2012. Birger Sevaldson, Kjetil Nordby, Sashi Komandur and Sigrun Lurås presented the papers which were well received.

Birger Sevaldson presented the paper ‘Systems Oriented Design in Maritime Design’, in which he introduced Systems Oriented Design and gave an overview of AHO’s experience in applying the approach in maritime design projects. Sigrun Lurås followed up presenting her paper ‘A different systems approach to designing for sensemaking on the vessel bridge’. In this paper she gives a comparison of Systems Oriented Design and Systems Engineering and introduces some initial thoughts on how Systems Oriented Design will be applied in her PhD project. Kjetil Nordby and Sashi Komandur were the last to present from the UBC project. In their paper ‘Using online image sharing of ship bridges in maritime research and development’ they describe how social media could be used to share images from field studies to ship bridges. Sharing such images within a design team may prove valuable for facilitating discussions at the concept stage of a design project. The presentations were well received and resulted in some interesting discussions at the conference.

The following papers were accepted and presented at the conference:

Nordby, K., Lange, C. & Komandur, S. ‘Using online image sharing of ship bridges in maritime research and development’.

Sevaldson, B., Paulsen, A., Stokke, M. M., Magnus, K. & Strømsnes, J. K. ‘Systems Oriented Design in Maritime Design’.

Lurås, S. ‘A different systems approach to designing for sensemaking on the vessel bridge’.



About RINA

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over 90 countries.

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering (SE) is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem: operations, cost and schedule, performance, training and support, test, manufacturing, and disposal. SE considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs. (Definition from the International Council on Systems Engineering INCOSE)

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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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