Personal Equipment and Clothing Correction Factors for the Australian Army: A Pilot Survey
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION FISHERMANS BEND (AUSTRALIA) LAND DIV
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The Australian Warfighter Anthropometry Survey AWAS, as per traditional anthropometric protocol, gathered data from semi-nude subjects. It is important, when required, to apply a clothing correction factor to these semi-nude statistics to ensure a more realistic representation of the encumbered human. Data from a meta-analysis of current personal equipment and clothing corrections PECCFs data identified the need for an encumbered anthropometric survey applicable to the ADF. The aim of the pilot survey was two-fold. Firstly, to provide interim PECCFs for use in design projects and secondly, to develop, test and refine a reliable, valid methodology for use in future surveys. The methodology proved to be largely successful with the majority of measures providing reliable results although there were limitations imposed by a small sample size. A number of recommendations were produced relating to further areas of work to further analyse and refine future surveys.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems