Ocean Industries Concept Lab

About the lab

OICL is a research group in Norway focusing on innovation challenges facing the Maritime, Offshore and Subsea industries. We are based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and combine new technology with a user-centered design approach.

Featured research (1)

Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly integrated into maritime design processes, and there is a need to better understand how it can support ship designers in their work. Through mapping and interviews, we investigated how VR was used in two design projects in the maritime industry. We explored two questions: What type of design activities and conversations were facilitated by VR as a collaborative medium? When VR was not selected, what other media were used instead, and for what reasons? We found that despite access to VR, most design conversations were facilitated by emails containing screenshots, visual interpretations, and text annotations. VR was used on a few occasions, together with executable files and flythrough videos made with real-time rendered models generated in a game engine, and a web-based 3D model-sharing tool. The use of VR as a collaboration medium was enabled by a variety of design activities ranging from field studies to 2D sketching and 3D modeling. The cases show how VR needed to be integrated with other forms of communication and was seen as a supplement and not the main communication channel for design. The cases also show that the pipeline required for VR scenes creation enabled other forms of collaboration across different supports, such as web-based online collaboration tools.

Lab head

Kjetil Nordby
  • Department of Design
About Kjetil Nordby
  • Kjetil lead design and research projects developing advanced interactive systems. Since 2010, he has led numerous research and innovation projects, co-developed two labs and initiated Ocean Industries Concept Lab. He also manages the OpenBridge projects. Kjetil received his PhD in November 2011 and have extensive experience working as project leader, researcher, interaction and industrial designer for industry and academia.

Members (15)

Andrew Morrison
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Steven C. Mallam
  • The Marine Institute; University of South-Eastern Norway
Birger Sevaldson
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Etienne Gernez
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Jon Olav H. Eikenes
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Synne Frydenberg
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Lise Hansen
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
Marianne Støren Berg
Marianne Støren Berg
  • Not confirmed yet

Alumni (6)

Sashidharan Komandur
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Natasha Barrett
  • Norwegian Academy of Music
Helge Kristiansen
  • University College of Southeast Norway, Horten, Norway
Snorre Hjelseth
  • University of South-Eastern Norway