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Posted On April 27, 2009

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Surveys…

Posted On April 27, 2009

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I have just had some real success with the surveys. I have been on the phone talking to the works coordinators of the depots on the survey distribution map. Each depot has sounded genuinely interested in helping me out. I have email the surveys and they plan to return them to me asap. I aim to have a Victoria wide understanding of the issue by the end of next week.

After calling Milton Smith at swan hill I had an extensive chat with him about the project. Aparently they have designed there own unit up there for the dual cab models. Its basically a 250 L unit that sits on the back of the dual cab hiluxs. They are the only depot in victoria with this system. It turns out that the dual cab market me be a real design opening for me as DSE have nothing fixed to solve this problem.

The pictures he emailed me are bellow…

Survey Distribution

Posted On April 26, 2009

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survey-distarbution

Above is a map of my survey distrabution. I have already recieved appoximatly 30 surveys from the mansfield DSE. They were quite in depth and extremly useful. I now plan to issue the surveys to workcenters all over victoria. This will give me more accurate information regarding the issue. By distributing the survey evenly accross the state I will be able to uncover trends and opinions from those in different regions. I will then evaluate the surveys, draw conclusions and design my accordingly.

DVR Trial…

Posted On April 18, 2009

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My thesisĀ  at its current point in time has been published on issuu. Check it out at the link below…

My thesis Trial 1

Important Costing Research. “Milhaven Trays”

Posted On April 15, 2009

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Yesterday I took another visit to Mansfield DSE. I went to see Chris Purcell to find information on the prices the department pay to fit out the trays of their vehicles. Obviously Chris didn’t have the information on him but he is currently making a few calls to gather the cost information for the slip on units, trays and tool boxes. Chris said the trays were purchased from Ballarat at a ridiculous price of approx $7000 each. This figure is of the top of his head.

In between waiting I have been doing a bit of research my self to prove how correct Chris’s cost estimate was. I have been looking for “Milhaven” trays on the net for months but haven’t been able to find anything. It wasn’t until just before when I had a breakthrough. I looked in the white pages and was referred to MBI Engineering in Ballarat. Apparently MBI’s range of products is known as Milhaven, so this was where I was being lead astray. Anyway after calling up and pretending I had the exact same vehicle specs as the DSE and I actually wanted the product these are the exact costing figures.

Rear A spacer ballast: (This is needed because with the weight of the 3 seats and the winch at the front of the vehicle the front axel is right on the limit. Because the slip on is mounted at the front of the tray the ballats must be used to distrabute the weight above the rear axel to hold the weight of the slip on and make it Vic Roads Legal.) $979

Wheel Flare Kit: (Needed to fit the tray if wider wheels are put on the vehicle, which DSE do.) $225

Tray Cost: (Tray is fitted and comes with full electrics, galvanized under for strength and rakehoe holders.) $ 6061

Total Cost: $7265

Chris wasn’t far off with his estimate. These figures will be used if my design requires it to make my tray a comparable cost.

Check out this link to see MBI engineerings range…

This Semester???

Posted On April 14, 2009

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In response to Scott’s comment on my previous post I anticipate I will be nearing the end of the development stage by the end of semester. If all goes well I will be I will have completed possibly 2 or 3 cycles of my ideation process. I don’t intend to have any serious user testing conducted this semester but I will however have shown my ideas to the end users. This feedback will then help me to help further develop my range of designs. By the end of semester I will have a solid range of ideas ready to user test and explore the spin offs at the beginning of semester 2.

mindmap-2

My Design Process

Posted On April 5, 2009

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After class on Thursday I mapped out my intended design process. This was very helpful as it allowed me to break my year down into a very systematic step by step path. My process is a combination of Scott’s hybrid process and the conventional design process. My project will require a mainly systematic approach. This is due to the high level of technical information and the implementation of existing products and materials.

Although this may be the case I initially wish to construct a range of alternatives with no reality in mind. This will allow for a better design and potentially bigger ideas. I have structured my process so that there is an initial Bubble Though Process with no systematical input, followed by an idea evaluation (Ashby and Johnson, 2002). After this stage the idea can then be evaluated and redesigned with a systematic approach in mind. The bellow mind map shows my intended process….

my-process

Johnson, M. A. a. K. Materials and Design: Butterworth – Heinemann.

DVR Layout

Posted On April 1, 2009

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I have been looking at hundreds of magazines on issuu for ideas of design layouts for my DVR. I have been trying to find a layout with a more contemperay and modern sort of styling, with an equal layout between text and images. The most applicable I have found is a magazine series called D + Pad. Although it is a little image heavy on some pages I believe the styling and and column layout is ideal. This series is a great base for styling my DVR.

D + Pad Issue 3