Completed, functional prototype of the slope inclinometer and compass.
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The Final prototype alongside other essential avalanche safety equipment.
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Testing of the prototype was carried out at Nevis Range by multiple potential users.
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I have had a passion for Product Design from a very young age and the Product Design Engineering course was the perfect opportunity to allow me to develop on this. I have thoroughly enjoyed both the Engineering and Product Design aspects of this course and look forward to applying these new skills and knowledge in a professional setting.
Aside from Product Design, I am also a very keen skier. Having done a lot of backcountry skiing I was aware of the dangers and numerous fatal accidents that occur while partaking in this sport. This formed the basis for my final year project. The focus of this project was to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities in backcountry winter sports caused by avalanches.
Following research with some of the leading backcountry skiing and avalanche experts it became clear that preventing people from triggering avalanches in the first place was the route that my efforts were best focused on. Through this, a design for a device which would allow individuals to quickly and accurately measure a slopes gradient and aspect was created. The majority of people involved in these accidents are well trained in avalanche awareness but had just missed certain warning signs. The device encourages people to stop and take the time to make their assessment due to its simplicity. The information provided by the device, alongside the users own knowledge, allows them to make a better and more informed decision on whether a slope is safe or if it should be avoided.
Aside from my academic work I have also started a few small businesses designing, manufacturing and selling cufflinks and 3D printed products whilst at University. These have been hugely successful and I have over 500 customers to date.