Workplace Layout Method Using Convex Polygon Envelope
Patent, Filed 27 Aug 96, patented 26 May 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An improved method for laying out a workspace using the prior art crowding index. PDI, where the average interpoint distance between the personnel andor equipment to be laid out, dbaract can be determined. The improvement 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 being laid out such that no line connecting any pair of points crosses the boundary line. Picks theorem with additional methods suing the Surveyors Area formula and Heros formula also being described for calculating Apoly. The improved crowding index is termed PDIpoly to distinguish it from the prior art crowding index, PDIacr.
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