Paul O'Connor


Interactive Equipment Board


This project is based on an ethnographic study of the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, and river safety in Limerick city. The ethnographic study uncovers the work of the LMSAR, which expands far beyond the act of river rescue. It explores river safety devices in the city centre, the LMSAR and the challenges they face.
It also encompasses its members, their training, and the effects of tidal conditions on launch procedures and equipment. This study explores technology used by the LMSAR, how they prepare their equipment, and maintain a constant state of readiness in a time critical environment. The results of the study were used to inform an Interactive Equipment Board (IEB) design concept that facilitates their rescue process. The IEB displays the status of rescue vehicles and boats, and communicates related issues to the members, facilitating equipment repair.

Paul O'Connor