10-week term project in collaboration with Dräger Safety
The aim of this design study was to identify new relevant design
opportunities for workers in the oil and gas industry. This
included the mental and physical stress and comfort level, as well
as protection equipment for extremely dangerous work tasks and
situations. Besides common work routines, like inspections and
supervision of the plant, a special focus was put on the management
and procedures that takes place during a shutdown at a
petrol-chemical plant. A shutdown is when all production is stopped
in order to inspect, service or make repairs. In addition to this
the students were also asked to explore, analyse and visualize the
Dräger brand, taking into account both the visual and spiritual DNA
of Dräger Safety's brand values and product ranges.
The project started with a study trip to Gothenburg that included
a visit at an oil refinery, hands-on and practical tests of
Dräger's present personal equipment solution and a workshop and
brainstorm at Dräger Safety's sales office.
After this the APD students analysed and identified insights and
design opportunities and selected their project directions.
Representatives from Dräger Safety's product development and design
department in Lübeck, Germany participated with feedback on design
and product development throughout the project.
The final result was 9 different project results
addressing different identified design opportunities ranging from
breathing and head protection solutionss to new designs for
wearable gas detection and equipment handling and transport.
External project tutor:
Alex Liebert, Director of the Industrial Design Competence Center
at Atlas Copco
Lennart Wenzel, Product Design Manager, R&D of
Protective Equipment at Dräger Safety AG
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme