LiveWell is a Non Profit Organisation, seeking to provide individuals with their basic human right to access to clean water.
We have created a Self-Sustaining Well, aiming to provide disadvantaged communities with their basic right of access to clean water. We have designed a multifaceted solution that addresses the entire user journey for individuals while simultaneously integrating innovative nanotechnology in our design.
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THE TEAM: SELENA UNG/MAYSA WOZEER/GRACE LU
The Design Process
THE GRAND CHALLENGE
To develop and to utilise large, inexpensive, passively-cooled nano-structured materials that maximise the capture of atmospheric moisture.
To capture enough water from the atmosphere to alleviate the effect of drought by providing water for consumption by humans and animals, and for irrigating plants.
To start our concept generation stage, we decided that we wanted to utilise the following design methods to help us iterate and explore our ideas.
The first step was to complete an Industry Canvas to help us generate a range of ideas, no matter how crazy or out of the box they are. Following initial concept generation, we narrowed down our topic area to the following give areas as we felt that they had the most potential in further iteration stages and due to the fact that we were most interested in these areas.
After completing more idea generation on the follow five topic areas, we assessed which areas were best conceptually and decided to focus on Water and Horticulture. From there we restarted our concept generation and conducted 'Brain Writing' which allowed us to iterate on our concepts deeper and as a group. Following Brain Writing we were able to create 18 concepts and from there we narrowed it down to three by conducting 'Decision Matrices'.
After a rigorous ideation process where we weighed up the pros and cons of each of our ideas, we finally came to the decision that a Self-Sustaining Water Well was the most substantial concept to move forward with.
People who live far away from easy access to clean water often rely on water wells, which are structures that are created by digging into the ground to access water below the earth’s surface as well as capture rainwater (Definitions n.d.). Through using ACWA’s nanotechnology of using micro-scale chemical patterns to capture water (Straker 2019), a self-hydrating water well would be an ideal solution to increase the amount of water captured and stored. This would be ideal for communities in developing countries and rural areas who use wells on a regular basis and live further away from clean water sources and struggle to find easy access to it.
Our Concept envisions a well that hydrates automatically through its exposure to the environment. It involves an integrated ecosystem that people can access through an interface at ‘stations’ where the well will disperse water sustainably. This means that the well will keep up with the rate of production (10L per/hr/m2) to ensure the water source does not run out.
Initial Visualisations: Self-Sustaining Well
Initial Visualisations: Smart Water Container
Redefining the Problem Statement
After receiving feedback from our tutors recommending to define our target market, we began thinking about which countries around the world, predominantly in Africa and Asia have issues with accessing clean water, and would have space for us to penetrate the market. We thought that the slums in India would be a very interesting environment to design for due to the unique space, way of living and culture that exists in a very dense area. Although, we thought it would be an interesting space to work in, we were unsure what the current situation in these areas are and if our technology and self-sustaining well would even be needed for this market. After doing some research into this area, we discovered a serious lack of access to clean water in majority of the slums in India; we had found our new defined target market.
At this point, we decided to cut out the rural Australia target market for now and instead make that our second horizon. We did this because we thought the area of slums was quite large and would involve a very large system which would be best to focus on in the present and if we got enough traction with our concept, then we can expand to new markets as our next step.
Refined Visualisation #1: Self-Sustaining Well
Livewell User Journey
For our concept, user testing our idea on our actual target market was a very difficult task to complete. We wanted to test our concept or gather primary research of some sort from our target market, however given our lack of time and location, it was a task that we could not complete. At the moment, LiveWell is currently based on secondary research which has a strong foundation, however the addition of primary research could further support and enhance our concept to make it more substantial.
To work around our restrictions, we conducted a few interviews with people who have travelled to India and seen these types of communities, despite not necessarily living in those settlements and conditions. On top of this, we decided to run our idea past a few people who do not know anything about our project to get an unbiased opinion to get an ‘outsiders’ outlook.
For our user testing, we decided use questionnaires to gather our primary data. Choosing this method was a calculated decision because we felt that we were constrained by time and location to get responses from more appropriate audiences. This was an effective way of getting responses from the suitable people.
We sent out our questionnaire to specific people who we knew had visited or had knowledge about India and the slums of India. We also sent out our questionnaire to some people from the general population to get general responses about our idea and what people thought about it. In total, we had 12 participants.
User Testing Results
What Else do we Need to Consider?
Refined Visualisation #2: Self-Sustaining Well
Taking the information we discovered from our research, we tried to visualise our well with a more cultural Indian twist to it. This allowed us to consider our options for the general structure of the well to make it more suitable for the intended environment.
Our final visualisation was created using CAD.