Joint command support through workspace analysis, design and optimization


  1. Wang, W.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The current Canadian Forces (CF) transformation focuses on network enabled capabilities and promotes joint operations both within the CF and under a broad joint, inter-agency, multi-national, public (JIMP) paradigm. The past a few years have witnessed an increased demand on the science and technology (S&T) support for performing ergonomic analysis and workspace design for joint operations centres. A series of studies have been conducted from 2006 to 2008 in which workspace solutions were produced for three different joint command centres. In these studies, a new design process, Alternative method for Workspace ANalysis and Design (A-WAND), was proposed and then further developed. A-WAND is based on integrating and streamlining existing design procedures recommended in industrial standards and is tailored to support unique operational requirements of a CF joint command centre. In addition, it emphasizes the use of analytical methods and software tools that have been developed, and therefore possessed, by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). This report describes A-WAND, documents the best design practises, and discusses future research and development (R&D) efforts that are needed to further advance DRDC’s capability in this area.

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Workspace design, ergnomic analysis, layout design
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2009-100 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2009
Number of Pages
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