Design of Handheld Shoreline Cleaning Unit
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- Institutt for design 
The purpose of this thesis was to develop a hand held shoreline sanitation device for coastal oil spill operation scenarios. Today, the most effective method is still the use of manual labour with buckets, shovels and bark. This is highly inadequate in terms of efficiency, economy, ergonomics, the results obtained and HSE issues. This project has been executed by Silje Rabben, Arne Sigmund Skeie and Marius Høver Montarou at the Department of Product Design at NTNU in Trondheim, fall of 2010. The two first-mentioned have carried out the work as their final master project, whereas the latter has had is as a pre-master specialization project. Collaborating companies are Kaliber Industrial Design, represented and owned by the three students, and NOFO (Norwegian Clean Seas Association). The initial MOSE concept was conceived at the Institute of Product Design at NTNU in the fall of 2007. Since then, three functional prototypes have been made, tested and evaluated. On the basis of an earlier collaborative technology development project during the spring of 2010 (Oljevern 2010), NOFO decided to grant further funding to the team and project. Having the role of the client, NOFO wanted a handheld sanitation unit adapted to on-shore oil spill recovery needs. As a result, the focal application of the MOSE production prototype is shoreline restauration operations subsequent to marine oil spills. Given the scenario based framework for the project, the majority of the analyses and research revolve around the user, the user context, the system and the market. Also, product references are used to determine the semantic expression and have presented an effective tool to getting to know the product format. Product refinement and detailing represents a large part of the development process, which has been necessary in order to develop a production prototype in only six months. Even though two functional handheld prototypes have been made prior to the master thesis project, the new production prototype and the primitive MOSE v1.0 are worlds apart in terms of ergonomics, flexibility, dimensioning and semantic coherence. All in all, the production prototype is an actual product whereas the MOSE v1.0 was a basic functional model, offering not more than the bare minimum of operational requirements. Considering that the MOSE is a novel product, continuous testing have through trial and error made out the core of the development process. In return, this provides a thoroughly tested product. Many processes have simultaneously taken place. Developing the MOSE technology has included developing a company to manage it. This has offered challenges and experiences in many different, but still highly dependant fields of knowledge. Consequently, this is reflected in the thesis.