Extreme Bolting

2016 Design for User Experience

10-week term project with Atlas Copco Industrial Technique


The objective was to identify relevant design opportunities based on insights gained from on-site research and participatory observations. The project was a joint collaboration with Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of industrial tools.

Work Method

During the first week of the project, the APD students made a research trip to Atlas Copco's headquarter in Stockholm followed by a study trip to Stavanger in Norway to fully get an insight to the specialised tools used for bolt tightening through either torque or tensioning tools.

Please have a look at the short movie below summarizing the first research week. 


In the project's second phase the students presented their findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and generating ideas from the insights obtained. The outcome of these activities was used to identify and establish a number of design opportunities. After this, each student was asked to choose a design opportunity, carry out additional research and to write an individual design brief, specifying how this design challenge would be addressed by the student the remaining time of the project. When preparing for the final presentation the students also made physical models of their final design concept. 


The final result of the project were 11 different concepts of new product solutions for a wide range of identified design opportunities within the wide ranging fields of:
More ergonomic, system-based and safer hand-tools for quicker operations and inspections. Concept ideas for new types of semi-automated handheld solutions and full-automated mounted applications for windmill towers and a concept for quicker and more efficient operations subsea.

This short movie gives sneak peak to the final presentation at UID:


External project tutors from Atlas Copco

Ola Stray, Manager - Industrial Design and Human Factors Office
Erik Borg, Industrial Designer (APD alumnus 2011)

Internal tutor and model making instructor:

Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.

Course responsible and internal tutor: 

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme