Colloquium announcement

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department Design, Production and Management
Master programme Industrial Design Engineering

As part of his / her masterassignment

Myrthe Lamme

will hold a speech entitled:

The development of an identifiable, integrated, and user focused ship bridge concept for Damen Shipyards

RoomHT 700B



The research is performed for Damen Shipyards, a Dutch shipbuilding company, and is about the main control position of a vessel: the bridge. Due to technology evolvement and regulatory demands the ship bridge has become a cluttered work environment. To reduce the risk of human errors in operations, their work environment needs to be improved. The overall objective is to develop an identifiable, integrated, and user focused ship bridge concept which should lead to more efficient and safer operations.

First the bridge environment, functions, operational demands, human factors, and technologies are analyzed. User observations during operations reveal several usability issues on the bridge, in the field of ergonomics, human-machine interaction, and appearance. Their origin can be traced back to three main root causes: (1) a lack of knowledge within Damen about human factors and operational demands, (2) business processes, like less knowledge sharing between different departments, and (3) a low level of user involvement during the design process.

Considering the trend that the maritime industry will move towards smart vessels with more automated functions, attention has to be paid to user interface design and cognitive ergonomics. This leads to the overall research aim to: ‘Compose an integrated design philosophy to decrease the system complexity and increase the interfacing performance’.

To be able to improve the current bridge and its environment as an integrated whole, the underlying development process is streamlined as outlined by a design strategy. This strategy also pays attention to the root causes of the usability issues, and ways to tackle them. A strategy roadmap is provided to support the implementation of the strategy and its key values. By performing a case study with an Azimuth Stern Drive tug, insight is created in the application of the strategy, its processes, and the related design philosophy. Hereby a wheelhouse alarm, monitoring, and control system concept is developed that has to support the operator to look outside and to maintain its situational awareness. The system concept is tested with users whereafter a design iteration is performed.

To come to a complete and integrated wheelhouse concept also other aspects that influence the user experience and vessel operation have to be taken into account. So the concept need to be developed further and tests have to be performed in the field. However the strategy and concept already serve as an important step in enlarging the operational performance and safety.