Welcome to CyClaDes

The CyClaDes project is designed to promote the increased impact of the human element in shipping across the design and operational lifecycle. The project brings together a multi-disciplinary team to focus on all the key steps in the lifecycle; the stakeholders; where the barriers to human element integration occur; and how to best locate, produce, disseminate, and apply human element knowledge within the overall context of shipping. The advantage is realized by supporting the integration of the human element in the design and operational life-cycle from appreciation, to concept, to design, to application, to evaluation and approval, to maintenance. The outcome will directly address pressing needs identified in the shipping industry and specifically by this call.

Cyclades Framework

The Framework is one outcome of the EU funded research project CyClaDes (Crew-centred Design and Operation of ships and ship systems). Cyclades framework supports the shipping industry in improving user-centered design for ships and ship systems. It's core is a transparent management system relying on conformance specifications and performance quantification.

CyClaDes E-Learning

These e-learning packages have been created as output of the CyClaDes-project work package 5. The aim of these packages is to raise awareness and spread knowledge about Crew-centered Design (CCD) of ships and shipborne operations. While the first training course introduces the state-of- the-art approaches, basic concepts in CCD and why a change of perspective towards end-user involvement can be beneficial, the following four courses address specific needs, approaches and measure for each of the four core stakeholders in the design and operation of vessels: naval architects and equipment designers, ship operators, end-users, and rule-makers and authorities.

Improving Ship Operational Design

Bad ship design can kill people. It can also make working onboard difficult and resting onboard impossible. Good design can make maritime operations safer and more effective. This book aims to give naval architects and ship designers, both new and experienced, an insight into how seafarers work and live on the ships they design and how their daily lives could be improved by focusing on human-centred design. Naval architects rarely get an opportunity to go to sea, and there are few avenues for seafarers to make their views known to designers. The Nautical Institute would like to start a dialogue to help improve the flow of information between naval architects and seafarers, and to follow up on the work carried out by the CyClaDes project. Practical articles on ship types and the operational requirements of personnel, illustrated by case studies, form the core of the book. References are given and suggestions for further reading.

The Parliament Magazine | Issue 406 | 23 February 2015

Leading our feature on European shipping week, Portuguese MEP João Ferreira outlines some of the changes that have occurred across recent decades in an industry that can "be credited for globalisation". He writes that, "As energy consumption evolves along with different ways of transporting goods, merchant shipping has accentuated its increasingly strategic nature and, therefore, so has the shipbuilding industry." Ferreira says, "faced with this scenario, this industrial activity must resume and must be granted additional stimulus". Also, the director general of the European commission’s DG for mobility and transport João Machado says he wants to "cut the administrative burden in maritime transport", but notes "the EU has adopted one of the world’s most comprehensive frameworks in the area of maritime safety".

Best practices ...

The maritime industry is increasingly becoming more aware of the value of human centered design (HCD) as a means to design solutions such as equipment and ships that integrate the needs of users. Therefore this this piece of research aims to identify existing guidance in the maritime industry and to review the HCD guidance available and how HCD is practiced in a range of other industries, so that lessons might be learnt about how the maritime industry could advance HCD to improve safety and enhance the user experience.

in the maritime industry

User-centered design is already a concern, particularly in some research and development fields of the maritime industry, e.g. with respect to human-machine interaction. In order to utilise this knowledge and make it more accessible to designers, operators and authorities, best practices, methods and knowledge about common errors across the design and operation life cycle have been compiled.

in other industries

User-centered design and evaluation procedures from other domains have been identified and compiled. Domains of overlapping human element interest include transportation domains (aviation, space, automotive, rail), industrial domains (power plants, manufacturing)and medical domains. The focus was on best practices, methodologies, lessons learned, and common errors in reference to design, training, operations, maintenance, and evaluation.

Guidelines & requirements

Is Human Centered Design already a concern? Who is interested in it and who should be interested? What is the state of the art? What gaps can be identified and how can designers and authorities provided with knowledge and feasible methods and tools? These are the main problems addressed in this part of the project.