CAD extensions and other interface refinements to the LOCATE workspace layout tool


  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The LOCATE workspace layout tool is a mature tool useful for practical design applications. It has been used to evaluate bridge configurations for a Tribal class (DDH280) destroyer of the Canadian Forces, to analyse proposed ship designs for the US Navy as part of their Surface Combatant-21 (SC-21) project and is currently being considered as part of work of the Canadian Regional Operations Centre. Other potential application areas include office and manufacturing plant layouts, command posts, aircraft cockpits and even computer screens. The work for this contract comprised refinements to the LOCATE workspace layout tool. A key concern was extending LOCATEs ability to deal with files created in other CAD packages and with creating similar output files for use in those same packages. A second important goal was to expand and refine select features of LOCATE. One feature of particular interest was the extension of overview summarises of link and obstruction functions and priority weights so that users will be able to examine, compare and edit those data in a convenient form. Finally, specifications for C + + data structures, such as those for goals, plans and models, were used in a continuing effort to build the kind of infrastructure needed to support a truly intelligent LOCATE.
Adaptive interfaces;Command and control centres;Computer programs (LOCATE);Explicit User Models;Facility layout;Human Engineering Tools;Intelligent Help;Layout;Usability;Workspace design
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-018;AIM-AC207 — Contractor Report (Final Report)
Date of publication
01 May 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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