The accommodation of a modern ship combines many human functions: office work, cooking & eating, sports, other forms of recreation and so on.
Specifically on the smaller vessels the amount of space is usually limited. A Human Factors design approach provides several smart and inventive solutions to increase the usability and practical quality of functional areas like:
- corridors & staircases
Example: sleeping on-board
An important function of the accommodation block is allowing people to have a good, uninterrupted period of sleep. This affects many aspects of the design and building quality of the accommodation, like cabin & corridor arrangement, sound insulation, separation of work-areas from cabin-areas, bed size and location, matrass quality, and so on. These aspects are usually affected by multiple design phases, and multiple design disciplines. As a consequence, the end result can be disappointing. A Human Factors design approach helps to keep focus on this subject throughout the entire design process.