Car For Life (CFL), Electric Vehicle

Car For Life project was one of the projects that I enjoyed the most. I worked on this project from the design brief all the way to the final design and building the clay model. It involved researching, sketching, systems thinking, engineering, designing, interviewing, and making a clay model at the end to present the final design at an International Design Show. My design was influenced by the armadillo shape and the Mercedes extendable chassis concept vehicle and it is based on GM's flat electric wheelbase. The main objective was to design a car that changes in shape to suite the owner's needs without having the need to replace their cars. The owner would be able to replace the rear half of his car with a selection of different ends (for example, pickup truck, camper van, saloon, mpv etc...) throughout his ownership of the car. Hence the name Car For Life.

A Systems-Thinking Methodology for Linking a Product’s Parameters to its Sustainability

A new, holistic, conceptual framework, called the ‘Functional, Environmental, Economical and Social Assessment Tool’ (FEESAT), was devised to facilitate the integration of Value Management (VM) into Sustainable Design (SD), covering the whole Product Life Cycle (PLC). The framework introduces sustainability as a set of high level performance requirements. It establishes a hierarchical mapping of these high level requirements onto the key parameters that define the product and have greatest effect on the product’s sustainability. A focus on these key parameters could accelerate the implementation of sustainability at the very early stage of the design project. VM is used to establish the topology and weightings of the hierarchical mapping.

SMART WASH

Smart Wash is a design brief from an international client; A revolution in dishwasher design that won UK and International awards at International Invention Shows. My responsibilities were translating the initial design descriptions into English, market research and identifying potential users, administrating and drafting all applications for UK and European Patents, designing, testing and prototyping using CAD software (Alias, Auto CAD and Photoshop), interpreting in international shows, interviews and meetings, preparing presentation materials for international shows to promote the inventions, and producing business plans to attract investors. We have also been granted a UK Patents for it.

WD-Fence

WD-Fence was another design proposal from an international client to quell the floods using ‘water’, replacing the use of the traditional sand bags and pallet barriers. My responsibilities were translating the initial design descriptions into English, market research and identifying potential users, administrating and drafting all applications for UK and European Patents, designing, testing and prototyping using CAD software (Alias, Auto CAD and Photoshop), interpreting in international shows, interviews and meetings, preparing presentation materials for international shows to promote the inventions, producing business plans to attract investors, and leasing with manufacturers to make WD-Fence. We have been granted 4 UK Patents for WD-Fence and won UK and International awards at International Invention Shows.

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