Accession Number : ADA515572


Title :   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 Preliminaire de la Protection par Rapport au Rendement Analyse Comportementale des Taches)


Descriptive Note : Contract rept.


Corporate Author : HUMANSYSTEMS INC GUELPH (ONTARIO)


Personal Author(s) : Angel, Harry A ; Ste-Croix, Chris ; Kittel, Elizabeth ; Vilhena, Paul


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a515572.pdf


Report Date : May 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 159


Abstract : 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, Leopard C2 Tank, Coyote, and the LAV III). Once the BTA was concluded each participant completed a questionnaire evaluating their current in-service personal protective equipment. The BTA found that in most vehicle crew positions a full range of motion from the waist up is required, a critical design criteria for any additional PPE developed for vehicle crews.


Descriptors :   *IMPROVISED WEAPONS , *EXPLOSIVE CHARGES , ARMY PERSONNEL , VULNERABILITY , CANADA , PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT , PHYSIOLOGY , BEHAVIOR , TRADE OFF ANALYSIS , BIOMECHANICS , BODY ARMOR , QUICK REACTION , SCENARIOS , HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING


Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Protective Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE