This design project was extremely heavy on the ergonomics side, with the aesthetics playing a small part. The primary reason for this was the pragmatic use of the end product – the view from within a physical offshore crane cab was of paramount importance to replicate. This was, after all, a training tool for reality.
We had our moving base designed and ready from the successful completion of a previous design engineering project. The challenge now was to design a crane cab around specified equipment, which could fully articulate as a crane cab at sea would (including wave motion), yet remain within the confines of the spherical simulator project screen surrounding it. On top of all of this, there was the requirement that it could break down into pieces small enough to be palletised and shipped anywhere in the world.
This was fun!