Approximation Method for Workplace Layout Using Convex Polygon Envelope
Patent, Filed 27 Aug 96, patented 12 May 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A method for laying out a workspace using the crowding index, PDI, and an approximation for the average interpoint distance between the personnel andor equipment to be laid out dbaract. The invention lies in using the convex hull area. Apoly, of the distribution of points being laid out within the workplace space to calculate the actual crowding index for the workspace. The convex hull area is that area having a boundary line connecting pairs of points crosses the boundary line. the calculation of the convex hull area is illustrated using Picks theorem with additional methods using the Surveyors Area formula and Heros formula also being described for calculating Apoly. The crowding index is termed PDIpoly to distinguish it from the crowding index. PDIact the prime notation indicating the approximation used to determine the average interpoint distance, dbaract.
- Numerical Mathematics
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems