University of Twente Student Theses


Creating water consumption awareness with a data physicalization

Veen, D.W.A van der (2021) Creating water consumption awareness with a data physicalization.

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Abstract:One of the environmental issues in the world is the consumption and supply of water. At the University of Twente (UT) up to 2 million+ liters of water is used per month in her buildings. Many members of the UT community, consisting of students, staff and visitors, have no idea of the amount of water being used on campus. The Energy Data platform web app was developed by the Campus & Facility Management (CFM) to provide insight on the consumption. This web app allows users to see the water consumption of the University of Twente. However, the energy data platform has not been successful in creating awareness of water consumption in the UT community. During the project a physical data visualization is created to provide members of the UT community with insight into the water consumption on campus to create awareness for the consumption of water on the UT. The project concept will be developed based on requirements set by stakeholders, CFM and the UT using an explorative design approach. Research into characteristics of effective data visualizations and an analysis of the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour change will be used for evaluating and ideation of the prototype concept. From evaluations and user testing, the HydroSumption prototype was, besides minor recommendations, deemed to be interesting, easy to use and easy to understand by the UT community and successfully created awareness of water consumption within the UT community
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Campus and Facility Management, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 43 environmental science, 50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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