Human Factors has a role in all stages of the development of a product or system, from the initial Concept, Assessment and Demonstration phases, through to Manufacture, In-service (where most of the whole-life costs are spent) and even Disposal. To apply Human Factors in a timely and efficient way requires not just expert knowledge and experience (which we can offer) but also a good Human Factors Integration Plan (HFIP), something we have provided many times in the defence sector.
The goal is always to optimise total system performance at an acceptable cost and within human constraints. This is achieved by integrating Human Factors information and techniques throughout the CADMID design lifecycle.
To ensure complete coverage, there are seven HFI 'domains': Manpower, Personnel, Training, Human Factors Engineering, System Safety, Health Hazards and Soldier Survivability.
Our defence Human Factors projects include:
Operability assessment for the Type 45 destroyer propulsion unit. The assessment included hierarchical task analysis, posture analysis and workload measurement. Human Factors assessment of mine clearance vehicles used by the Brigade Combat Team Engineer Squad Vehicle.Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) operators' workload analysis using VACP scales.Human Factors Integration management for the future engineer tank, including HFI programme management, technical support for crew station design, human HAZOP and HFI analyses.Evaluation of an armoured vehicle, including assessment of crew station design, equipment design and seat features.Devonport Royal Dockyard: Human Factors assessment of ship/facility interfaceDevonport Royal Dockyard: Caisson movement Task AnalysisDevonport Royal Dockyard: Human Factors assessment of Reactor Compartment Village.