Product design student looks to tackle lack of privacy for offshore workers

A Forres design student has tackled a key issue faced by offshore workers sharing compact living spaces.

After carrying out research on issues faced by workers on oil rigs, Alisdair Ker (22), a final year student at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, has come up with a divider designed to give workers more privacy in communal bedrooms.

The former Forres Academy pupil explained: “Through my part time job I came into contact and met many people involved in the oil and gas industry, one of whom was particularly interested in design. He suggested I look further into the design around many aspects in the oil and gas industry, which prompted me to begin my research.

“I looked at the current designs used for offshore accommodation and the regulations under which they’re designed, such as the minimum volume per person permitted in the cabin.

“I also contacted current rig workers to gain a better understanding of the offshore environment and one of the things that came up was the feeling that there was lack of privacy offshore, which is the area I decided to focus on.”

Alisdair, whose work is on display as part of the annual Gray’s Degree Show, said: “The product I’ve come up with as a result of my research has been designed be far more robust and tangible than a curtain, which I hope would give offshore workers the added privacy that they would like.

“It includes added storage pockets for personal belongings, features to hang up clothing or hard hats and let fellow workers know you are sleeping, whilst the air holes make the divider breathable.”

He added: “My time at Gray’s has been really enjoyable. The chance to use all the equipment in the workshop allows students to actually make all their products, which can make the course very rewarding.”

The 2014 Degree Show, sponsored by BP for the eleventh year, will run at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee until Saturday, June 28.

Release by
Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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