Saturation diving is a demanding profession that requires endurance, mental strength, and motivation to withstand its challenges. Saturation divers are required to reside in a pressurized environment for up to 28 days to reduce the risk of decompression sickness while working underwater. The claustrophobic and isolated environment means that divers are vulnerable to various physical and psychological stresses.
This industry reveals limited innovational progress towards improving the health of the primary user. Methods of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the ergonomic evaluation of full-scale models, were used to understand the direct challenges that divers are experiencing in saturation diving today. The data collected provided a platform to develop an interior to exterior system that enhances quality of life, improves comfort and flow of their environment, offering a safer work experience for every diver. The concept was developed to explore an unfocused area of saturation diving by means to inspire innovative and improved solutions.
Enhancement of Human Lifestyle
ZESU490 will allow divers to venture further distances while providing the space, comfort, and safety one needs to perform their job efficiently. It is an underwater transportation submersible meant to separate from the main vessel where traditionally, the entire saturation system would be stationed. ZESU490 provides a comfortable environment to reduce the psychological stress on divers allowing a focused mentality for a safer work experience. Read More
ZESU490 is a human-centric environment for saturation divers. The interior space is designed to maximize productivity by providing divers with a comfortable and efficient working environment. This interior solution is meant to improve ergonomics and workflow within the saturation diving industry. There are four main areas of ZESU490: The control area, productivity chamber, ablution area and the integrated dive bell. Read More
Human Factors and Ergonomics
ZESU490 contains three main features that are ergonomically suited to use for the 5th percentile female to the 95th percentile male. This includes the compact and adjustable workstation, a semi-circular grab bar that provides a wide area for grip, and the privacy mesh meant to enable a more comfortable environment, especially for female divers. Read More
ZESU490 uses anti corrosive metals for its exterior and an easy to maintain fibre-reinforced plastic interior. Both materials provide a durable and long-lasting structure for its harsh underwater environment. This prevents the need for continuous production of new parts ensuring a long-term investment. Read More