Conceptual Principles as Intermediary Object: Case of an Industrial Unit

  • Adson Eduardo ResendeEmail author
  • Francisco de P. A. Lima
  • Francisco J. C. Moura Duarte
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


In the participatory design, an intermediary object is a hybrid object, as well as a modeling of our future desire and an instrument to mediate the design process among all the work teams. This article discusses and takes the design process as the object of analysis, and the use of conceptual principles as an intermediary object, based on the authors’ participation in the development of a new Sulphur Recovery Unit. One important point to be considered as a determining factor of functional mismatches in large industrial projects is the growing gap between operational and project teams, even when there is an expressed willingness to promote the participation of operators in the projects. The consequences of this are predominantly organizational, creating obstacles that must be overcome to make the operators’ integration into the project process more effective. Beginning from the conceptual project, the ergonomic design appears early, identifying the need to promote a social intervention together with the technical specifications, using one or more intermediary objects to organize and mediate the interactions between actors of the design process. This conceptual guidance creates a place where the solution to each design conflict should be discussed and resolved.


Ergonomics design Participatory design Intermediary object Design concept 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adson Eduardo Resende
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francisco de P. A. Lima
    • 1
  • Francisco J. C. Moura Duarte
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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