Volvo Trucks Project

Volvo Trucks Project

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I can just start this post by saying that the God’s ways are so tangled!

Who could ever imagine, in 2015 for example, when I was student in the second year of my Scenography Bachelors and preparing myself for traveling to the U.S. as an exchange student, that after 3 years, I will actually be part of an International Master Programme in Innovation and Design, working in a co-production project with Volvo Trucks. 

It feels so crazy! I am an art based person, and even if I married a future engineer, I still cannot believe that I am currently involved in a project with the goal to create a truck that has full autonomous loading and unloading process. The thing is that I really enjoy what I am doing, and even if at the beginning I felt scared that some information might be overwhelming for me, now, after almost three months in this project, I can say that I learned many things about how to think as a innovation designer, related with this urban distribution. 

But how did I get in this Volvo context? Everything started in January, when we began the forth course of this Programme, Project Management in Innovation and Design. During the first lecture, our teacher presented to us the course objectives and the companies that we can collaborate with. I have to specify that here at university, the teachers are really trying to provide us a broader perspective of how the outside world is, and we are working in almost every course with an external partner in order to gain as much knowledge as we can and to be prepared for our future jobs. So, for this course, there where 12 possible projects/challenges from several companies, that we could choose from. 

My initial choice was to work with a project from a tourism agency, until I got home and I presented to Philippe the list of all the projects. For you who are reading for the first time my stories, Philippe is my husband and he is also a student here, but in the Robotics Engineer Programme (he is that guy who you are asking for any technological problem). Of course, for him, there was one project that sounded the most interesting, and I think it is easy for you to guess which it was. So, he applied for my course and after a week we started working together, for the first time, in a school project. 

Since then, we have learned a lot of things working together, but this is another topic that I will save for a future blog post. But for now, from my perspective, this Volvo project is an unbelievable stage in my life, because I never thought that I can work with such an engineering company, after studying Arts. But nothing is impossible and what we are actually doing now is a combination of a lot of things; we aim to design a new truck system, which will be able to load and unload automatically, to make the life easier for the drivers in the distribution process. In order to do that, we need to understand the current situation from a holistically point of view, observing the processes, talking with the distribution companies, searching for the state of the art in this domain and being aware of all the unexpected situations that could happen. 

It is a very interesting topic and I am so glad to be part of it. Of course, the fact that I have Philippe as a partner, it adds more energy and more fun to this project. Below is just a taste of the nice things that we are doing together. It is our vision video , that we have imagined, built, drawn, filmed and edited for our project. We hope you will enjoy it!

P.S.: I am taking credit for this video to post it here, but soon, there will be another section on this website, with all the projects that we have done together.


Nu pot incepe articolul decat prin a zice: “Ce incurcate sunt caile Domnului!”

Cine is putea imagina vreodata, in 2015 de exemplu, cand inca eram studenta in anul doi la scenografie si ma pregateam sa merg in America intr-un schimb de experienta, ca peste trei ani o sa fiu, de fapt, studenta la masterul international de inovatie si design, lucrand intr-un project de colaborare cu Volvo Trucks. 

Chiar e o nebunie ce se intampla! Sunt o fire artistica (si cu studii tot in acelasi domeniu), si chiar daca m-am maritat cu un viitor inginer, tot nu-mi vine sa cred ca am ajuns sa fiu implicata intr-un proiect care isi doreste sa creeze un nou concept de tir, cu autonomie in procesul de descarcare si incarcare al marfurilor. Adevarul este ca-mi place tare mult ce fac, si in ciuda inceputului in care mi-a fost frica de faptul ca unele informatii s-ar putea sa ma depasesca, dupa aproape trei luni de proiect, pot sa spun ca am invatat multe despre cum sa gandesc ca un designer de inovatie, in legatura cu domeniul distributiei urbane. 

Dar cum am ajuns, de fapt, in tot contextul asta cu Volvo? Toata povestea a pornit in ianuarie, cand am inceput al patrulea curs din programul de masterat, Management in Innovation and Design. La prima lectie ne-au fost prezentate atat obiectivele pe care trebuie sa le indeplinim pe parcursul cursului, precum si companiile cu care vom putea colabora. Trebuie sa specific faptul ca aici la universitate, profesorii fac tot posibilul sa ne ofere o perspectiva cat mai ampla a ceea ce se petrece in lumea de afara, asa ca in aproape fiecare curs, proiectele noastre sunt in colaborare cu parteneri de la diferite companii, tocmai ca sa ne ajute sa capatam cat de multa experienta putem si sa ne pregatim pentru joburile viitoarele. Asa ca pentru cursul de fata am avut de ales unul dintre cele 12 proiecte pe care companiile partenere cu universitatea ni le-au oferit.

Prima mea alegere a fost sa lucrez intr-un proiect al unei agentii de turism, pana cand am ajuns acasa si i-am prezentat si lui Philippe lista cu toate proiectele. Pentru voi cei care cititi prima data povestile mele, Philippe este sotul meu si student la aceeasi universitate, doar ca in programul de Inginerie pe Robotica (el e tipul ala pe care il intrebi pentru orice problema tehnica). Bine inteles ca lui Philippe i s-a parut foarte interesant un anume proiect, si presupun ca e destul de usor de ghicit care. Asa ca a aplicat si el pentru cursul meu si dupa o saptamana am inceput sa lucram impreuna, pentru prima data intr-un proiect de scoala. 

De atunci si pana acum am invatat multe lucruri in aceasta mezalianta, dar asta e un subiect separat pe care il pastrez pentru un alt articol. Dar pentru acum, din perspectiva mea, proiectul cu Volvo e o etapa de necrezut a existentie mele, pentru ca nu m-am gandit niciodata ca o sa ajung sa lucrez cu o asa companie de ingineri dupa ce am terminat Artele. Dar nimic nu e imposibil iar ce facem acum e o combinatie de mai multe lucruri; scopul nostru e sa cream un nou sistem pentru tiruri, care poate sa incarce si sa descarce marfurile automat, facand viata mai simpla soferilor in procesul de distributie. Ca sa ajungem acolo, e nevoie sa intelegem de fapt situatia actuala, dintr-un punct de vedere holistic, prin observatii ale procesului, discutii cu diferite companii de distributie, cautari a tot ceea ce e nou in domeniu si mai ales prin a fi constienti de toate situatiile neasteptate care se pot intampla. 

E un subiect foarte interesant si sunt super fericita sa fiu partasa la el. Normal, faptul ca lucrez impreuna cu Philippe ajuta la capitolele energie si fun din proiect. Mai sus am adaugat un mic fragment din lucrurile faine pe care le facem impreuna. E un vision video pe care l-am imaginat, construit, desen, fimat si editat pentru proiectul nostru. Speram sa va placa! ^_^

P.S.: Imi asum drepturile de a posta video-ul pe blogul meu acum, doar ca in curand o sa se regaseasca intr-o alta sectiune a site-ului, unde vor fi adaugate toate proiectele la care eu si Philippe am lucrat impreuna. 

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