Standardisation of digital human models

Paul, Gunther & Wischniewski, Sascha (2012) Standardisation of digital human models. Ergonomics, 55(9), pp. 1115-1118.

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Digital human models (DHM) have evolved as useful tools for ergonomic workplace design and product development, and found in various industries and education. DHM systems which dominate the market were developed for specific purposes and differ significantly, which is not only reflected in non-compatible results of DHM simulations, but also provoking misunderstanding of how DHM simulations relate to real world problems. While DHM developers are restricted by uncertainty about the user need and lack of model data related standards, users are confined to one specific product and cannot exchange results, or upgrade to another DHM system, as their previous results would be rendered worthless. Furthermore, origin and validity of anthropometric and biomechanical data is not transparent to the user. The lack of standardisation in DHM systems has become a major roadblock in further system development, affecting all stakeholders in the DHM industry. Evidently, a framework for standardising digital human models is necessary to overcome current obstructions.

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ID Code: 50094
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Digital Human Model, Standardization, Computer manikin, Body template, Virtual Human
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2012.690454
ISSN: 0014-0139
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [Ergonomics] © VOL 55 IS 9 DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2012.690454 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Ergonomics] is available online at:
Deposited On: 03 May 2012 23:53
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 17:07

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