Understanding welding practices on shipyards : an ethnographic study for designing an interactive robot welder

Niculescu, Andreea I., D’haro, Luis Fernando, Vyas, Dhaval, Banchs, Rafael E., & Yeo, Kheng Hui (2014) Understanding welding practices on shipyards : an ethnographic study for designing an interactive robot welder. In Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on User Science and Engineering 2014 (i-USEr 2014), IEEE, Shah Alam, Malaysia, pp. 1-6.

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The aim of this ethnographic study was to understand welding practices in shipyard environments with the purpose of designing an interactive welding robot that can help workers with their daily job. The robot is meant to be deployed for automatic welding on jack-up rig structures. The design of the robot turns out to be a challenging task due to several problematic working conditions on the shipyard, such as dust, irregular floor, high temperature, wind variations, elevated working platforms, narrow spaces, and circular welding paths requiring a robotic arm with more than 6 degrees of freedom. Additionally, the environment is very noisy and the workers – mostly foreigners – have a very basic level of English. These two issues need to be taken into account when designing the interactive user interface for the robot. Ideally, the communication flow between the two parties involved should be as frictionless as possible. The paper presents the results of our field observations and welders’ interviews, as well as our robot design recommendation for the next project stage.

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ID Code: 79516
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Shipyard, Ethnography, Design
DOI: 10.1109/IUSER.2014.7002667
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 IEEE
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Deposited On: 17 Dec 2014 00:15
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 05:41

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