Enabling end-user participation in ship design
Other conference contribution, 2011

The globalized nature of the shipping industry poses challenges to a traditional set-up of a collaborative design and development team involving end-users. The present study explores aspects of end-user involvement and three different 3D models’ abilities to act as boundary objects in a ship design process. The preliminary results indicate that the evaluation methods and representations used in the study produced valuable design feedback. With relatively small means, the procedure supports the benefits of employee participation, contributing to a safe and efficient ship design and subsequent operation.

ship design

Participatory ergonomics

work space design


Cecilia Österman

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations

Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Lars-Ola Bligård

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference - Wellbeing and Innovation Through Ergonomics

978-951-42-9541-6 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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