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    Smile Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    Hello, my name is Sarah.
    I am a student at Loughborough University studying Design with Engineering Materials and my final year design project is titled "A Beehive for the 21st Century".
    I would be grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire I have produced with the aim of obtaining some quality data from those who interact with this product frequently.
    The questionnaire is anonymous and the results will be used for nothing other than helping me define an area of the hive I feel can be improved, though results of the project can be made available to participants upon request. There are 10 short questions and an opportunity for you to suggest any ways in which you feel the hive could be improved. To access the questionnaire, just follow the link below:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCGBTVB

    Your experience and knowledge will greatly assist me in the completion of this project, and will hopefully lead to a feasible solution to one or more of the many problems encountered in the act of beekeeping.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    Welcome Sarah!
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    Default Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    Thank you!

    It may also be worth adding that my family also keep bees, so I do have some knowledge and experience (although limited!), however I need to obtain information from a much wider range of beekeepers for my decisions to be justified

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    Default Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    Welcome Sarah. Thanks for the opportunity to interact w/ your project. I don't see the correlation between hive design and colony health.

    I would find it interesting if you designed a 21st Century Hive and it came to look just like what we already have. That would be something.

    As a Commercial Beekeeper, conventional Langstroth Hives design works well for both bees and beekeepers. Other designs work well for those who choose them. Or, w/ experience, they may find that they don't work that well for them and changes in style/design occur for those individuals. As we can see by those different hive designs currently in use there is no one size fits all.

    Best of luck w/ your project. Please let us know how it goes. Thanks.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    The brief primarily suggested designing to prevent CCD, but with a number of possible causes this was very much impossible. So I tweaked it slightly.
    I know many beekeepers lose colonies over winter, presumably due to the weather, and so I plan to base my redesign on helping the bees regulate temperature and moisture (in both summer and winter), however there are so many other factors to consider it is proving rather difficult!
    Hence a questionnaire to see where other beekeepers feel the main problems lie, hopefully to give my project a little more direction! As a materials engineering student, I think my supervisor wants to see a change in materials to solve the problem but this may just not be feasible, as I believe the hive should mimic a natural hive as closely as possible!
    But the hive isn't just for me, which is why answering the questionnaire is so helpful!

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    Default Re: Final Year Student Redesigning the Beehive

    Gladly did answer the survey.

    Keep in mind that cold temps don't kill bees, lack of ventilation does. So, I would suggest that you not design a heat source into your hive design.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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