. You have to construct a Survival Hut on an Island out of manageable bits of timber and other materials. These can be prefabricated in a workshop ready for assembly on site.
2. You must be able to put this together on your own possibly in a storm situation.
• The size of the hut will be determined by your needs and your own ergonomics.
• This hut will need to be able to sustain you over a Winter in the Scottish Hebrides i.e. 3 months, January, February, March. The Island is a real island called Fuideigh (Fuday) in the sound of Barra. It’s uninhabited and a bit barren so you will need to plan carefully. Regular fortnightly trips from the mainland will secure all the essential food
you require or if conditions are too bad you may have to consider alternative solutions such as foraging fishing or going hungry.
6 You will be provided with a stove to cook on and you can assume that there will be sufficient suitable wood or dried peat to use as fuel for heating, though dry storage is essential. You have a generator which will provide 42 hours of power for electric equipment. laptop.
• Daylight hours will be short, due to the tilt of the earth and northerly latitude. (The obliquity of the ecliptic 23° 27’ 8.26” is why we have seasons) The low sun angle at this latitude effectively reduces the potential of any Solar panels by 30%. Site investigation and Logistics.
As part of the design process, a site investigation and logistics exercise needs to take place to ascertain your ideal location and your method of constructing this hut. You will be allowed 2 boat trips and the boat can carry approx. 450kg of equipment on each visit. This equates to the weight 6 average people. So think light, think smart, think to re-engineer. You will need to think seriously about the location and the orientation of the design; prevailing winds will be strong and pretty constant, with the potential for frequent storms rolling in from the North Atlantic, it does benefit from the N Atlantic Drift which brings warmer currents from the S. Atlantic, but in the depths of winter it will be very cold and very wet. So maximising the topography will be essential in this scheme. The island location is also sheltered by other islands so consider this too. Shelter Design: NO PURPOSE MADE TENTS, SHEDS or any off the shelf shelters. Think about your needs, how much space do you actually need to live, to sleep and to eat? Plan out your existence for the next 3 months. Do you want to take over a few chickens? If so think about their welfare, safety and comfort, there are Sea Eagles and Osprey looking for an easy meal. Use timber: it's sustainable light, strong and easy to cut. Sketch out some design ideas, thumbnail scribbles. Consider all aspects of the
island. The island in reality fairly flat and bleak, though it was inhabited once,
and has been used to graze sheep.
• Once you have sketched the design ideas, mass out the shapes in SketchUp on
a bit of terrain to see whether it might work.
• Make sketch models out of paper so you can get a better feel for the way it will
work. Sketch out refinements and ideas and start to build up a sense of you and the
island. Think yourself into this situation.
7• Don’t over design in SketchUp, you need to consider the detail, but not model it. We will look at the scale and its appropriateness, so be sensible and don’t model every little bit.
• You will draw your plans, elevations and details in AutoCAD. Or you can export them from Sketchup, this is up to you.
We all need to eat and drink and as a consequence of this, we produce things that our body cannot use. This will be no good for anything in the short time you are there so it needs to be dealt with.
• Consider your options for waste disposal.
• What will you do all day on your own?