Counter-IED Initiative PPE Horizon 0 Phase 1 - Protection Versus Performance Preliminary Trade-off Analysis - Behavioural Task Analysis

Initiative d’EPI pour la lutte aux IED - Horizon 0 Phase 1 - Analyse de compromis préliminaire de la protection pas rapport au rendement analyse comportementale des tâches


  1. Angel, H.
  2. Ste-Croix, C.
  3. Kittel, E.
  4. Vilhena, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
DRDC Valcartier has taken the lead on a Counter-IED (C-IED) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Horizon 0, which is a sub-project of a larger C-IED Technical Demonstration Project (TDP). DRDC Toronto is the providing Human Factors expertise to support this project. In order to develop PPE recommendations to overcome any change or increase in vulnerability a comprehensive understanding of physiological, biomechanical, task performance and operational impact of increasing coverage and/or level of protection of soldiers needs to be obtained. The objective of this study was to develop a number of operational scenarios that encompassed the majority of tasks performed by mounted crewmen. These scenarios were then used to conduct a behavioral task analysis (BTA) of vehicle crews with emphasis given to reach and viewing activities, physical motions and crew station operations, vehicle and equipment compatibility, and access/egress in normal and emergency situations. The operational scenarios were developed from a focus group held at CFB Edmonton from 1 – 2 February 2007. The four operational scenarios that were developed at the focus group were a quick reaction force in a close country, a broken down vehicle within a city, an engage targets scenario, and a vehicle-borne IED scenario. These scenarios were then used to lead the BTA that was conducted from 19 – 21 March 2007. A total of 28 soldiers participated in the BTA covering 8 vehicles (G-Wagon, MLVW, HLVW, TLAV, Bison, Leopar

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Counter-IED;C-IED;Personal Protective Equipment;PPE;Horizon 0;IED Protection;protection level;Improvised Explosive Devices;Range of motion
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2007-092 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2007
Number of Pages
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