Australian International Design Awards Announced


The Australian designed James Cameron deep-sea submersible wins the top prize at the Australian International Design Awards. The work is the partnership of Hollywood’s James Cameron with four Australian companies; Acheron Project, Design + Industry, McConaghy Boats and Finite Elements. It is the first single occupant research submersible capable of safely taking a human to the bottom of the ocean up to 11 kilometres below the surface of the ocean.

You couldn’t expect anything less from Cameron, director of ‘The Terminator’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Abyss’ (no less), than the personal testing of the submersible in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Ocean bed, in March earlier this year.

Recognised by the Design Awards for its innovation, design ingenuity, safety considerations, thorough attention to detail and innovation. The project overcame a long list of challenges to achieve ground-breaking results including how to launch and transport the sub, the physics of deep-water pressure, how to safely provide the pilot with oxygen, warmth and protection. Along with these aspects the designers needed to also equip the unit with exploration and scientific research equipment to capture images and samples of life deep in the ocean.

A key design feature is the steel Life Support Sphere to house the pilot to withstand 16,500psi pressure during the dive whilst ensuring the entire sub was buoyant and could travel through the water. Australian engineer and co-designer Ron Allum from Acheron Project designed and patented ISOFLOAT (a type of foam), for the body of the vessel.

More specifications about the design can be found here.

More on other category winners here.