25 Years of Boat Design in Industrial Design at Coventry University

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (ICMEM)
    Place of PublicationBeijing, China
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

    Bibliographical note

    This published conference paper was given at the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
    October 21 - 23, 2009, Beijing, P. R. China. Author's note: This paper is one of the product's of the European Boat Design Innovation Group (EBDIG) led by Sean McCartan. EBDIG, established in 2009 through a €400,000 EU Leonardo TOI (Transfer of Innovation) project, has become a European hub of excellence for marine design study and research, focussed on the key areas of: Design-Driven Innovation (DDI) and luxification; advanced visualisation; Digital Human Modelling (DHM). Led by Dr Sean McCartan the initial objective of EBDIG was to use an e-learning platform (www.ebdig.eu) to transfer innovation from the automotive industry in design visualisation; ergonomics and telematics; and sustainable materials via 3 courses and a networking framework. A key objective was to raise the professional recognition of Industrial Designers in the marine industry, this has been achieved through the accreditation of the learning material as CPD by RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects).
    As a result of the EBDIG collaboration, Coventry University hosted the first international RINA conference with a focus on Industrial Design: ‘RINA International Conference of Marine Design’ in 2011. It was attended by over 50 delegates, with keynote lectures by leading industry representatives.
    Through the EBDIG networking framework, the impact of the Boat Design activities at Coventry have been significant, resulting in a number of collaborative funding proposals and consultancy contracts with leading academic and industry partners such as: Lloyd's Register; BMT-Nigel Gee; SSA; CESA/EMEC (Committee of EU Shipbuilders’ Associations/ European Marine Equipment Manufacturers Association) Human Solutions; TU-Delft; Chalmers University; Southampton University; Trinity College Dublin; National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI); Genoa University.


    • Industrial Design
    • Boat Design
    • Sustainability
    • Ergonomics
    • Aesthetics

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