The Plumbers Future Working Environment

2012 Design for User Experience

10-week term project in collaboration with FM Mattsson Mora Group

Work Method

The first phase of the project included a one-day introduction to the present education as a plumber at a local trade school in Umeå as well as an introduction to the project's sponsor Ostnor AB at the local sales office. During the following two days the APD students were divided into three smaller groups and followed a dozen different plumbers from the Umeå offices of the three nationwide companies; Bravida, NVS and YIT, both at new construction sites and during service assignments at existing installations.
In the project's second phase the students presented their findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and generating ideas from this common foundation of insights. The outcome of these activities was used to identify and establish a number of "design opportunities".

As the third and final phase of the project, 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.



The results presented at the final presentation were nine different projects covering a wide span of concepts from a smaller and more flexible ventilation unit when welding at temporary sites, an intelligent measuring and semi-automated machine for cutting tubes, a new products and tool for measuring, cutting and mounting tubes on the wall, a concept for planning, documenting and communicating at a worksite, a concept for detecting and neutralizing asbestos, a less-intrusive breathing protection and new tools for internal cutting of tubes and a handheld induction welding tool.


External project tutor:

Steen Mandsfelt, industrial designer, Denmark

Other lecturers:

Workshop facilitator: Pete Avondoglio, Professor Emeritus in Industrial Design, Denmark
Cintiq sketching: Daniel Sellberg, Atlas Copco, Örebro

Course responsible:

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme