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Warfighter Integrated Physical Ergonomics Tool Development: Needs Analysis and State of the Art Review

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Technical Report

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Humansystems Incorporated Guelph, ON Canada

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This report presents methods and results from the front-end analysis for the Preliminary Development of Integrated Physical Ergonomics Modeling Tools to enhance Warfighter Effectiveness Applied Research Project ARP. The objectives of the front-end analysis were to identify stakeholder needs for integrated physical modeling tools users and workspace, and to survey the state-of-the-art and acquire the most suitable, affordable, available tools for measuring and modeling the physical aspects of Canadian warfighters. For the stakeholder needs analysis, DND and industry stakeholders were consulted for current warfighter system and transport vehicle projects. The state-of-the-art review of current physical ergonomics tools was conducted by reviewing product and scientific literature. Tool developers and manufacturers were contacted for technical details and pricing information. Tools were categorized by function and tool groups within each function. Product details were compiled and a summary description of each tools and their pros and cons was derived.

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