Sean McCartan, T. Thompson, B. Verheijden, J.R.J. Morgan

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Marine Design is an holistic design process with a strong focus on the end users as well as stakeholders in the design process, based on the principles of Industrial Design. Effective Marine Design requires a multidisciplinary design team of Naval Architects, Industrial Designers, Human Factors specialists, environmental psychologists and interior designers. The start of the marine Design process involves developing personas and understanding the needs of the end user. The aim of Marine Design is to improve the aesthetics, human factors and functionality of a vessel or system, and its' marketability. Although the process of design may be considered 'creative', many analytical processes also take place. Some of the processes that are commonly used are user research, benchmarking, sketching, human factors evaluation and CAD visualisation. Marine Design has a focus on technical concepts, products and processes, as the understanding of product life cycle is fundamental to the design for manufacture (DFM) of vessels or any other product in order for it to become a market leader. Marine Design encompasses the engineering of objects, usefulness as well as usability, market placement, and other concerns such as seduction, psychology, desire, and the emotional attachment of the user to the object. This paper reports on a Marine Design approach to the development of a Wind Farm Support Vessel interior using a modular construction system. The modular system was specifically developed to be fitted in hours, whereas conventional fitting approaches currently take days. This design innovation facilitates adaptability, whereby the interior of a vessel can be changed to another use within a day, giving the operator vessel flexibility and extended operating life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventDesign & Operation of Wind Farm Support Vessels - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jan 201529 Jan 2015


ConferenceDesign & Operation of Wind Farm Support Vessels
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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This paper is not available on the repository. It was given at the Design & Operation of Wind Farm Support Vessels conference, 28-29 January 2015, London, UK


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