Soldier Mobility: Innovations in Load Carriage System Design and Evaluation (la Mobilite du combattant: innovations dans la conception et l'evaluation des gilets d'intervention)
NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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On 27-29 June 2000, NATO, Partners for Peace and Non-NATO nationals from 10 countries met in Kingston, Canada to discuss soldier mobility through innovations in load carriage system design and evaluation, Sponsored by the Human Factors and Medicine Panel HFM of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations Research and Technology Organization, the specialists meeting participants examined the current state of knowledge in load carriage, exchanged findings from recent research and development initiatives, explored what initiatives were needed to develop new concepts in design and evaluation and identified opportunities for collaboration. Specific sessions were held on the physiology, biomechanics and performance measures of load carriage, approaches and tools for assessment, development and validation of objective tests and their use in design solutions, mathematical modelling and the accuracy of pressure sensor measurement systems. There were two keynote addresses, twenty-five scientific papers, four workshops on future directions and tours of load carriage research facilities during the conference. The meeting unveiled many new findings, such as possible energy transfers between body segments and between the pack and the person objective assessment technologies for better understanding and design of load carriage systems an interest in mathematically modelling the pack-person interactions and their effects on the carrier and a willingness to work together toward sharing resources, data and the development of an improved STANAG for personal load carriage.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems