HUMAN ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CANADIAN FORCES

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Authors
  1. Beevis, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Human engineering is the application of knowledge about human capabilities to the design of systems and equipment to ensure effective and safe use. Human engineering activities in the Department of National Defence (DND) date from the 1950s. The Directorate of Technical Airworthiness (DTA) is responsible for the application of human engineering to Canadian Forces (CF) aircraft systems. DTA is supported by a human engineering research program at DCIEM. One major activity in that program is the development of tools and techniques for use by DTA and DND project management staff. This development started with the acquisition of a three-dimensional CAD system with a mannequin able to represent the normal range of male and female operator sizes in a specified workspace. To this was added a library of 3-D representations of current CF aircrew stations. This is being matched with a library of representations of the displays and control panels associated with specific aircrew stations developed using a commercially-available rapid prototyping system. Complementing these tools, which permit a detailed review of the physical aspects of aircrew stations, is a suite of tools for analyzing aircrew tasks. The most difficult research problem has been to develop the means for expressing operator 'work-load" in terms that can be used in design. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Ergonomics
Report Number
DCIEM-96-P-30 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Sep 1996
Number of Pages
5
Reprinted from
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, vol 42, no 3, 1996, 5p
DSTKIM No
97-00216
CANDIS No
500393
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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