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Structured time observation of human modelling tool users' activites

Blomé, Mikael LU ; Hanson, Lars LU ; Lämkull, Dan; Nielsen, Emma and Stam, Jenny (2006) IEA2006 congress – Meeting diversity in ergonomics
Abstract
Most statements regarding human modeling tools efficiency are based on perceived time. No structured time

observation of task activities performed by a simulation engineers working with the tools are previous performed.

The aim of the study is to identify digital human modelling tool users’ activates and measure the time distribution

of the activities. Furthermore, measured time distribution is compare with users perceived time distribution.

Five simulation engineers at Volvo were observed for five days each. The simulation engineers’ activities can be

categorised in twelve groups. The direct value added work and the indirect value added work important for a new

introduced tool were of... (More)
Most statements regarding human modeling tools efficiency are based on perceived time. No structured time

observation of task activities performed by a simulation engineers working with the tools are previous performed.

The aim of the study is to identify digital human modelling tool users’ activates and measure the time distribution

of the activities. Furthermore, measured time distribution is compare with users perceived time distribution.

Five simulation engineers at Volvo were observed for five days each. The simulation engineers’ activities can be

categorised in twelve groups. The direct value added work and the indirect value added work important for a new

introduced tool were of similar size as direct value added work for a vehicle disassembly worker. Waiting time, there

simulation is out of control e.g. waiting for information from colleague and computer processor, was perceived much

longer compared to measured time.

The human modelling tool seems to have matured and most of the activities identified seems to be necessary to

perform human modelling simulations of high quality; however the time distribution could to some extend be

questioned. There are a lot of activities associated with communication, i.e. different kinds of contacts and meetings.

Therefore it appears to be a potential to increase efficiency with respect to communication. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Most statements regarding human modeling tools efficiency are based on perceived time. No structured time<br/><br>
observation of task activities performed by a simulation engineers working with the tools are previous performed.<br/><br>
The aim of the study is to identify digital human modelling tool users’ activates and measure the time distribution<br/><br>
of the activities. Furthermore, measured time distribution is compare with users perceived time distribution.<br/><br>
Five simulation engineers at Volvo were observed for five days each. The simulation engineers’ activities can be<br/><br>
categorised in twelve groups. The direct value added work and the indirect value added work important for a new<br/><br>
introduced tool were of similar size as direct value added work for a vehicle disassembly worker. Waiting time, there<br/><br>
simulation is out of control e.g. waiting for information from colleague and computer processor, was perceived much<br/><br>
longer compared to measured time.<br/><br>
The human modelling tool seems to have matured and most of the activities identified seems to be necessary to<br/><br>
perform human modelling simulations of high quality; however the time distribution could to some extend be<br/><br>
questioned. There are a lot of activities associated with communication, i.e. different kinds of contacts and meetings.<br/><br>
Therefore it appears to be a potential to increase efficiency with respect to communication.},
  author       = {Blomé, Mikael and Hanson, Lars and Lämkull, Dan and Nielsen, Emma and Stam, Jenny},
  keyword      = {automotive industry,time distribution,digital human modelling,working process},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Structured time observation of human modelling tool users' activites},
  year         = {2006},
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