A team of six design and engineering students from Elisava and Triton Submarines, a world leader in the manufacture of submersibles, have redesigned the inside of the 'Deep View', the tourist submersible built by the American company in Catalonia. For nine months, Elisava's students, tutored by professors from the School and experts from the company, have collaborated in the construction of the first 'Deep View', which was docked at the Sant Cugat plant, and have worked on the redesign of its inside.
Optimization of space and sense of freedom
With 35 m³ of inside volume, the 'Deep View' has capacity for the pilot, co-pilot and up to 24 passengers. The redesign proposal eliminates the central aisle and optimizes space to enhance the user experience, with four central modules of six folding seats and storage space for personal use. Likewise, the use of transparent materials in structural elements enhances the feeling of buoyancy and lightness of the submersible, generating a greater sense of freedom for passengers. A goal that has also been met thanks to a structured aesthetic and the play of lines, colours and lighting.
Study of ergonomics, materials and user experience
"The result is a more practical, comfortable and intuitive design," says Hector Salvador, CEO of Triton Submarines EMEA, who adds: "The innovative vision of Elisava's students, together with their highly methodological analysis of the user experience from start to finish, is what makes the difference of this project.
To achieve their goal, the students visited the Triton Submarines shipyard in Sant Cugat del Vallès and travelled to Lanzarote to experience the immersion as tourists. They have also interviewed pilots, co-pilots and passengers, and have studied the characteristics of other submersibles, the particularities of the seabed and its impact on design.
"This project is a clear example of the essential communication between design and product engineering", explains Xavier Riudor, head of the project and the Elisava team. "The rigorous study of the experience of the different users has been essential to understand the environment and to be able to optimize the design of the project, both in ergonomic aspects, interaction and lighting, as well as in technical aspects such as the selection of materials, manufacturing processes and joints".
Immersive simulation in virtual reality
During the months of the lockdown, the students have worked with the Thalamus virtual reality studio to present the results of their study. Thanks to virtual reality glasses, anyone can experience travel in the new 'Deep View'. This allows the user to move around inside the submersible with a range of 360º and get a clear idea of its characteristics, as can be seen in the following video.