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An Overview of the Role of the NAVSEA Human Factors Engineering Program in Ship Design
ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS OF THE NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
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This paper provides a context within which the role of human factors engineering HFE for Naval ship systems design may be understood. HFE is defined and its history as part of engineering design teams is traced. The role of HFE in ship design is defined, the rationale for its inclusion in the design process is presented, the methodology whereby it is incorporated into the design process is presented, the methodology to assess the application of HFE is outlined, and the benefits that will accrue as a result of inclusion of HFE considerations in the design process are documented. The counterpoint to inclusion is illustrated through instances of design-induced human errors. A specific application of HFE in the acquisition process is illustrated through use of the Landing Craft, Air Cushion HFE program plan. The difficulties which may be encountered as the size of the target system expands are described. Potential roadblocks to the required incorporation of HFE are examined for their source and possible ameliorative steps. Author
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