Authors: Keith Case; Russell Marshall; Steve Summerskill
Addresses: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK ' Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK ' Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK
Abstract: This paper aims to provide a retrospective of the use of a digital human modelling tool (SAMMIE) that was perhaps the first usable tool and is still active today. Relationships between digital human modelling and inclusive design, engineering design and ergonomics practice are discussed using examples from design studies using SAMMIE and government-funded research. Important issues such as accuracy of representation and handling multivariate rather than univariate evaluations are discussed together with methods of use in terms of defining end product users and tasks. Consideration is given to the use of the digital human modelling approach by non-ergonomists particularly with respect to understanding of the impact of human variability, jurisdiction and communication issues.
Keywords: digital human modelling; SAMMIE; inclusive design; engineering design; ergonomics; representation accuracy; multivariate evaluation; end users; tasks; human variability; jurisdiction; communication.
International Journal of the Digital Human, 2016 Vol.1 No.2, pp.112 - 131
Received: 27 Jul 2015
Accepted: 18 Jan 2016
Published online: 29 Jun 2016 *