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Analysis of DDH280 Bridge Activity Using a Computer-Aided Workspace Layout Program (LOCATE)

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Technical Report

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Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine Downsview, Ontario Canada

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This report describes the application of a computer-aided workspace layout program, called LOCATE, to a complex real world environment involving the evaluation of five ships bridge configurations. The purpose of the study was to test the performance of the LOCATE procedure against the results of a previous evaluation from the same data base. The results of the LOCATE analysis are compared with the previous analysis, which used a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques but lacked a structured method for integrating the results. LOCATE provided an assessment of the bridge designs which incorporated most aspects of the original analysis into a single quantitative process. The results of the LOCATE analysis agreed with the outcome of the original analysis so far as the overall recommendation is concerned. The LOCATE procedure can, however, be improved in a number of areas, including the incorporation of a distributed representation of a source of information the modelling of free-standing personnel in the workspace as obstructions to communication dynamic representations of the layout problem and the incorporation of absolute angular relations into the cost function evaluation.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Marine Engineering

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