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G1 Week 5: Field Research In NTU

Observational Note #01

During our field research, we took listed down the stalls available at each canteen or food area to include in our food map.

An interesting finding that we took note of was the opening hours of different stalls. This would be rather problematic because people might look at the overall canteen opening hours to look for food in the area. However, upon reaching the location they would find out that a particular stall opens at a different timing compared to the rest.

As such, it was important for us to take this into account when mapping the food places in NTU.

Solution: Map individual stall timings based on research rather than using the overall opening hours at a canteen.

This solution allows user to know what food is available during a specific timing rather than being overloaded with irrelevant data in a generic search function.

Field Research
Canteen Two Stalls:

Economic Rice | Shandong Big Bun | Sichuan Cuisine | Yong Tau Foo | Korean Cuisine | Xiao Long Bao | Chicken Rice | Ayam Penyet | Indian Cuisine (closed) | The Oven | Kath’s Bakery | La Kopi




North Hill Stalls:

Claypot & Porridge | Western Cuisine | AH Boon’s Fish Soup | Chicken Rice |Nasi Padang & Indian Cuisine | Fishball Noodle | Yong Tau Fu (closed) | Traditional Dough Fritters and Miniwok | Mixed Veg Rice | Drinks/Fruit




North Spine Stalls:

Mini Wok | Yong Tau Foo | Chicken Rice | Hand-made Noodles | Mixed Rice | Cantonese Roast Duck | Fruits and Juices | Western food | Soup delight | Indian Cuisine | Malay BBQ |Vegetarian food




NIE Canteen Stalls: 

Vegetarian (closed) | Nasi Padang (closed) | Muslim Food (closed) | Chicken Rice | Ban Mian & Fish Soup (closed) | Fruit (closed) | Snack and Soft Drinks (closed)| Sandwiches and Salad Bar | Western food | Noodle (closed) | A-la-carte (closed) | Chinese Food (closed) | Indian (closed)



Canteen 13 Stalls:

After 7 Bakery | Japanese Cuisine | Chinese Cuisine | Western food | Korean Cuisine | Noodle delight | Drinks and fruit / Pau





Canteen 14 Stalls:

Muslim Malay | Taiwan | Si Chuan | Asian Food Delights | Ban Mian Fish Soup | Fruits and Beverages





Observational Note #02

In addition to that, we realise that there were different levels of <basement one> as we move around NTU. In NS2.1 basement 1 might be below ground level, but in NS1.1 basement might be three levels above ground level. This made way finding extremely difficult as the basic navigational skills did not apply in this context of searching for L1, L2 etc.

Observational Note #03

The third point we took note of was the different signages located around school. In different areas, signages were designed differently. This made us confused with the fact that we had to way find and look for the appropriate signages at the same time (cars, pedestrians, different building signages).

Observational Note #04

Video On Routes:

Lastly, we acknowledge that there are various routes around school and for members in school, we all have different agenda when moving around campus. One main factor we identified was the difference in campus routes as well as the difference in walking path by students. One might move along the sheltered walkway but take a longer route or take a non sheltered walkway but a shorter route. We identified that the main purpose of our project was the disperse the crowd and so, we allowed target at two ways to get to a canteen. 1) the nearest canteen option (shortest route) and 2) the shortest queue option (least waiting time).

Field Research

As we went on the busses, we tried to look at the landmarks that were prominent. We noted that the bus brought us to most of the food places and decided that we could implement it onto the food map concept.